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A Dedication To A Friend - Lost far too young to suicide. (If someone is contemplating taking their own life)

Updated on January 27, 2016


One single shot, our lives are changed.

One single moment, nothing is as it was.

One single thought, how could you do this?

One single person has affected so many.

Didn’t you know you were loved?

Didn’t you know you could reach out?

Didn’t you know you weren’t alone?

Didn’t you know?

Now we must find a way, a way to live, a way to go on,

A way to forget the pain, a way to remember your glory.

We enjoyed some good times, you and I.

Now a memory is what I have to remember you by.

You touched so many in your brief time.

You’ve influenced us, changed our direction.

I’ve had friends pass, some close, others not.

Family members, both old and young.

But none has touched me or affected me this way.

What was it about you that has created this void in my life?

So much pain, so much despair.

I should have known, should have been aware.

Could I have helped? I’ll never know.

I never told you what you meant to me.

You were so young, I almost old enough to be your father.

But I enjoyed your presence more than most peoples’.

We hunted, we fished, we played our games.

My children adored you, one wanted to emulate you.

Do you realize what you meant to them?

Yes, you do. But in those final hours, you were so confused.

No light, no hope could find you.

Now, you’ve passed on, to sit with Him.

Now we must wait to see you in the future.

Be patient, and watch over us.

Our prayers are with you, someday we’ll meet again.

We’ll walk through the woods, searching for sign.

Until then, Peace be with you.


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    • PHILLYDREAMER profile image

      Jose Velasquez 

      6 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      It's tough to lose a friend this way. It's hard to accept that some people are so sad and so alone that they feel they have to end it all.

    • M K Paul profile image

      M K Paul 

      6 years ago from India

      Lovely dedication to your friend.Nice poetry. If you have time pls check It has the same thought that your poetry has :)

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      Gulf Coast Sun 

      6 years ago from Gulf of Mexico

      This is quite wonderful and I'm sure he is looking down on you. I love Delilah's radio show as she's a great inspiration. And I too played Hero in 1995 over and over and every time I hear it, it reminds me of the strength I found in myself when I needed it the most. I'm sorry for your loss. Thank you for this lovely poem. Kathleen

    • Mr Archer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr Archer 

      6 years ago from Missouri

      Thank you, ma'am. This was one of the hardest moments of my life. After we got the nows that he was not going to wake up, my sister-in-law and I convinced the family to do organ donations. It was hard to do, but worthwhile. After the decision, I went back to work in order to keep my mind from dwelling on the situation, but everyone had taken care of my duties, so I went for a long drive. A massive storm was coming in, and I drove into it. With thunder and wind and lightning all around, I listened to Delilah After Dark. A person came on the radio, asking Delilah to play a song for the people who had donated organs after their loved ones had departed this world. It felt like it was aimed directly at me. The song, "Hero", by Mariah Carey, broke me down. To this day, I cannot hear that song without tearing up. I try to look at it as though he left our world in order to make others healthy. He had reached his point of no return, and decided enough. It hurts those left behind forever, but in doing this, he healed five other lives who may not have been able to live. I think that God spoke to him, and healed his hurt forever. That is the only way I can not allow myself to be dragged down when I think of it. But, the hurt remains for me. Thanks for your kind words.

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      Shelley Watson 

      6 years ago

      A lovely tribute to your young friend. How sad he could not find enough to keep him in this world! Voted up up and awesome.


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