Why Did You Do It? For Tyler Patton

Tyler Patton - You Will Be Missed

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Why?

©2012 LaDena Campbell aka justateacher

As I sat down to write today

I had some awful news

All of the happy thoughts I had were gone

I now look with a different view

A young man died yesterday

Decided that he could no longer live

He took his own short life

Decided he nothing left to give

I didn’t know him that well

I did know he had many friends

Most had talked to him this weekend

Some just before the end

But not one knew how troubled he was

Although they all really cared

No one thought he could take his own life

No one thought that he would dare

On his Facebook page now there are

Many sad notes about this young man

Friends all crying and denying

Friends who lost more than they can stand

It is a sad decision

When a person decides to die

It leaves all who are left

With only the question “Why?”

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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Truly sad justateacher, my heart goes out to all Tyler Patton's family and friends, and to you too.

Why?

With deepest sympathy, snakeslane


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

snakeslane - thank you for your sympathies...I will share with his friends and family...


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

justateacher a good share.. I don't do well with suicides.. I think they're cowards.. so many people struggling to live with cancer, aids, and other health issues.. and I dunno I wont get into it.. but one of my best friends killed herself in college.. and that was so selfish of her.. very selfish.. never gave anyone a chance to help or at least try...


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

I agree that it's so selfish ....don't they know we want to help?


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Only God knows why at this point probably.

The Frog


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Frog Prince - you are right...


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Eep63 4 years ago from Calgary, AB

A person commits suicide believes he/she is all alone. That kind of despair may be a factor in the decision itself. It is a kind of giving up on life, giving up on trying because life is so difficult. You can bear any burden if you think you are not alone. There are other people who have never been taught to share what's inside or been taught that it doesn't matter. It takes a courage to go on, more than giving up. You never know what positive realities are around the corner if you learn to hang in there. Truly listening to someone who is troubled is difficult. It takes time and patience. But letting that person feel value is incredibly important. So many people feel isolated and it doesn't have to be that way. We really have more in common with others than we think we do. Connecting is important. "No man is an island." When we feel like an island, that is when we give up. We are made for community and that is where we thrive and grow. We don't all have to be extroverts and chums, but we do all need other people in some way, some form and some time.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Eep63 - what a great comment...I think that your comment will go further to help others than my poem will...thank you for leaving a great comment!

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