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farewell, sweet bren

written by: Linda M. Crate

@thysilverdoe

 

it seems surreal
the fact that you're gone
doesn't seem true
it doesn't seem real
doesn't seem possible that cancer
has now stolen from me
three friends,
and i don't want to believe someone as
sweet and kind as you deserved
to suffer as you did;
why is it that the good die young
yet the wicked remain
long past their expiration dates?
i want nothing more than to see you beat cancer
because i've never met anyone that has,
and it breaks my heart;
because i know you were so loved by so many
helped so many
including me—
this monday is tragic
i don't want to remember it as real
just some nightmare
we'll all come to wake from,
and when i wake we'll all see bren is fine;
but there's another part of me that knows that cannot be
you've gone where we cannot follow
my only solace is that you are no longer suffering
that the pain you felt so long can no longer claim you.

Linda M. Crate

Linda M. Crate

Linda M. Crate is a Pennsylvanian native born in Pittsburgh yet raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews have been published in a myriad of magazines both online and in print. She has three published chapbooks A Mermaid Crashing Into Dawn (Fowlpox Press - June 2013), Less Than A Man (The Camel Saloon - January 2014), and If Tomorrow Never Comes (Scars Publications, August 2016). Her fantasy novel Blood & Magic was published in March 2015. The second novel of this series Dragons & Magic was published in October 2015. The third of the seven book series Centaurs & Magic was published November 2016. Her novel Corvids & Magic was published March 2017.
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