A Chapter by Debbie Barry

Written in 10th grade, just three hours before finding out my best friend, the subject, committed suicide.




March 7, 1985

So much alike,
Drawn together -
Catastrophe -
Thrown apart.

Hopes and desires,
Passions and fears -
Catastrophe -
Suddenly different.

Caring and friendship,
Drawing us close -
Catastrophe -
Hearts torn apart.

Working to mend -
Catastrophe -
Broken trust.

Keeping love out,
Caution in friendship -
Catastrophe -
All chance is gone.

Please forgive me,
Please return,
Let no catastrophe
Destroy the future.

Broken faith,
But on the mend -
Another catastrophe -
Again cast apart.

Now I am trying,
Now I come begging,
I ask the returning
Of all that we had.

So much alike,
Drawn together,
Somehow different,
Trying for friendship.

Catastrophe struck

And I was lost;
Catastrophe struck
And I lost many.

I lost you,
I lost the group,
I lost many people,
Including myself.

Now I laugh
To hide my crying,
I used to laugh
When I was glad.

You broke my heart,
You broke my spirit,
You tossed friendship
To the wind.

I tried forgiving,
I tried hoping,
Now I find
That all is vain.

Now I swear
That you never will
Cause me again
To shed sadness' tears.

You never again
Can harm my spirit,
Never more
Can you wound my heart.

So much alike,
Drawn together,
Thrown apart
For the good of all.

Dedicated to Rick B.  I will always miss you.

© 2017 Debbie Barry

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Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 16. Initial reactions appreciated.

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Added on November 7, 2017
Last Updated on November 7, 2017
Tags: poem, poetry, catastrophe, disaster, suicide, friend, friendship

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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..