Be not dismayed; I haven’t rejected you.
Be not dejected; I haven’t dislodged you from my life.
I only need a moment to catch my breath.
For you see, life caught me unawares.
It flogged me and left me for dead.
I am barely getting back on my feet.
So bear with me, take it slow.
Give me time to heal.
Stand by me.
I find great solace in your presence.
Don’t let my closed countenance deceive you.