Monthly Archives: July 2015

Be Still, My Heart

“Dear Julia . . . there is no easy way to tell you this . . .”

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On July 3rd, I learn of my friend’s suicide

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The savage truth delivers a violent punch to my heart

and fractures my core

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For others, the days ahead bring fireworks, art fairs, and festivities . . . even The Rolling Stones

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but I’m here still trying to get up off the floor

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Reality comes in waves now; acid waves which leave me breathless

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I can’t talk about it yet, or say his name aloud, or share his wonderfulness with you

but I know that soon the grieving will begin and it will be better than this

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In a single moment everything can change

your perspective . . . your world . . . even the person you are

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To the muffled backdrop of exploding fireworks, I weep

for his pain

and my loss

and the tremendous tragedy of it all

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It didn’t have to be

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This life . . .

is magnificent and beautiful

yet fragile, tentative, and temporary

and ever so bittersweet.

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*If you are in crisis, PLEASE call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-HELP (8255). They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They really care and can help you.  Or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org   .

Because you matter.

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