“what does this look like—a clod of dirt, maybe?

but if you crack it open,

there’s crystals inside.

see, people are like that:

they might appear ugly or worthless,

but if you try,

you can always find something beautiful about them.

and it is so important to try.

remember that for me, OK?”

he said,

and I felt that


he was talking about himself

and I wanted to apologize for his life

even though it wasn’t my fault

and I wanted to say something about God

but God had taken everything away,

so I only nodded.