One Year Ago Today: Eulogy for a Friend

your death taught me
far too young
the heavy legacy
carried by those
left in the wake
of suicide
I was more
than a little
in love with
your beautiful
cheekbones
could spend an
entire class
studying those elegant
hands
I sensed a kindred spirit
behind your tough girl cool
so protective of raw 
vulnerability
I could feel
below your unruffled surface
I tried to reach out to you
after you lost him
to self-inflicted wounds
but my voice was
a mere whisper
in the hurricane
even after all these years
I am so very sorry
that I
that we
were not enough
to call you back
from the abyss

© 2017 Revised 2019 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

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