A Poem About Losing A Friend to Suicide

It's World Suicide Prevention Day, so let's take a moment to think, talk, and remember that we all need to keep going.

Hearts breathe to guitar strings at night,

gathered around red plastic, boxing gloves, fruit punches

in a college dorm so tight

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Eyes meet, hands reach for the next spiral down the drain,

warmth rises, numb smiles, the pain underneath going insane —

it runs, it lies, it makes you want to hide

behind the elaborate, under the skin

fighting to survive with hope by your side

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Staying here, staring at a wall —

Death a sin?

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Lying awake, gasping for tears —

Afraid.

Fixing before no one sees, you didn’t let us know

But I wish I stayed.

You were falling,

sinking so low,

holding onto tomorrow.

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It’s pitch darkness, the sun & sand a distant road away,

where we flew our kites so high

never did we think we would have to say goodbye.

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Hearts breathe to candles at night,

gathered around white wax, brothers, photographs

in a vigil so bright

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Eyes tear, hands reach for each other where the love comes to a circle,

warmth rushes, numb smiles, the pain,

joy, sadness, anger, all unexpected inside —

it comes, it goes, it makes us feel alone.

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Behind our memory, under the words —

We fight to survive with hope by our side.

Staying here, soundly beating,

We miss you too.

Our hearts breathe in loving memory of you.

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