A Poem by Carley Hew

Recently a friend of mines brother, recently returned home from a tour in Iraq, ended his life. In no way does this depict his death, but it was what was on my mind.

I assume my heart is expiring
Chunks breaking off inside
I wish I could blame them for this tragedy
But it's not their fault he died

Clouded thoughts and fast pace judgments
Beneath a rope he decided to hide
Never thinking I would find him
Swallowing his every ounce of pride

I prayed for his soul to be saved
Took a deep breath, then one long stride
I looked up at his body
Then the rope came untied

Sinking to my knees out came a scream
I had to quickly decide
Would I forgive him for leaving me now
I think I'll wait till I'm at the funeral
Holding the folded flag

© 2010 Carley Hew

Author's Note

Carley Hew
Not based on real events.

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This is just incredible. I'm terribly sorry you had to lose a friend like that, but somehow the universe has it's ways to "repair" the damage. From a terrible loss, came a wonderful poem. From a dead tree, comes the opportunity for others to grow. His memory will forever live on, thanks to you.

Posted 12 Years Ago

haunting poem~ sent a chill up my spine~
the effects of war on the human psyche are varied in their manifestation~but every manifestation is drenched in darkness and sorrow~

Posted 12 Years Ago

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Added on August 16, 2010
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Carley Hew
Carley Hew

Detroit, MI

Name: Carley Hewitt Aliases: Car, Carley Jean, Fun Size Height: 5'1" (slightly shorter than your average teenager) Age: 18 (freshly) Hobbies: Writing (when I don't have writers block), dan.. more..

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