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.