Walking through a faceless crowd,
I stumbled upon a diamond ring.
As I reached out to hold it,
A shoe kicked it out of reach.
Thinking that I could retrieve it,
I ducked and dodged my way through the sea of relentless shoes.
I wanted to believe in my good fortune,
That I alone truly recognized its shine,
That everyone else was too busy to see,
That it was only a matter of time.
For the last time, I reached out,
My energy gone in that moment.
And another hand reached down, joyfully,
And its owner exclaimed at their good fortune,
Having found what was lost.
Embarrassed for my greed, and with sinking heart,
I pulled back my hand and apologized,
And melted back into the crowd.