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For My Friend Mark

Updated on March 11, 2014

My heart was broken

when I had to say goodbye

not because we had a fight

but because you passed away.

I'd rather fight

a thousand times

though we never did

your heart too pure for such delights.

I'd rather us not speak

ever again

end our friendship in a river of harsh words

or just have you move

so very far away.

At your service

though all words were done

no one got up to leave

unable to admit

it was the end.

Maybe if we all sat

ever so still

and promised to be ever so good

you would find your way back

to a world that needs you still.

Just the other day

something came up

and I thought about

how you would have known all the answers

laughed at how we all worry to much

and cited some case from long ago

that fit just right.

Maybe one day

I won't feel this way

and I will no longer miss

your sweet smiling face,

as you shouldered all my burdens

with a joke and wise words

and I won't need you so much

for support and advice.

I'll remember always

how you stood by me

and my friends

through all the good

and the bad

but especially the bad

and always when we needed you the most.

I'll remember always

how you followed your own moral compass

unswayed by false lies

and the easy way out.

I'll remember always

how your ethical nature

reminded us to take the high road no matter what.

I'll remember always

how you taught us all to laugh

through the darkness

time and time again.

Though I may fall short,

I promise to follow

your beacon of justice

remember to ignore the pull

of the low road

steer clear of all things you would not approve

and above all else

remember to smile

and never give up

when I want to cry the most.

Thank you my friend

may we meet again.

I hope.


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      Consolacion Miravite 4 years ago from Philippines

      So poignant, that I feel your pain for every word you wrote. He must be a very good friend for you to feel such pain. My condolences....

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A priceless tribute to a wonderful person. Those good memories will carry you so far.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Sorry is never enough , yet I so am , It is said that great friends are the only real choice we have in life , among those we love most ! Its so true . I have a male friend that has been there more times for me than I can count , we are not that alike , at times we are even severely different , but if I needed ANYTHING , I could call him and he would come ! Simply put , that's what we do . I have also recently met a woman friend that reminds me once again how important real friends are . she has shown me a kindness that I honestly never would have expected from the opposite sex , no offense intended , Although I don't have but a couple , I consider real friends more beautiful than about anything in life . Again I am truly sorry !.....Ed

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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      A touching tribute to someone you loved very much, beautiful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I am so sorry for your great loss. This was a very touching tribute.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      It is never easy losing someone close. They say it takes time to heal, and this last year I have discovered just how true that is. Beautiful tribute.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      So sorry to hear about your friend and you shed this in such a beautiful way.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Oh Marie, this brought tears to my eyes. I so sorry for your loss.

      I have always believed that when we lose someone loved, we should write to them and tell them, just as you have done.

      God Bless you


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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I am very sorry for the loss of your friend, truthfornow. This is a very lovely tribute to him. He sounds like a good person and a very good friend.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful and touching poem truthfornow. A loving tribute to a special friend. Thanks for sharing your heart.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Very lovely tribute to your friend. He was blessed to have you for a friend. I am sorry you lost him. I know you miss him and it is good to remember the good and celebrate his life.


      Faith Reaper

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      Ruby Jean Richert 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It is so very sad when we lose a friend, words are never enough. You were blessed to have a friend like Mark. Your thoughts/words were beautiful...

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      I was really touched by this poem dedicated to your friend. I feel so sorry for your loss.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      What a lovely tribute to your friend.

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      Ruth McCollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      So touching I cried

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful...I'm sorry for your loss.