Loss Poem

This poem was written a few days after my best friend died. It has now been 7 months and the guy stays on my mind all day. I love you Bobby!!!

Who Would You Be Today?

© Joel Mckeown
Could you imagine a pain so deep down inside
That it can not be summarized in words you simply can write
A pain that touches your toes and up to the top of the ceiling
You cant eat, you cant sleep, that is the pain that I am feeling
But my father raised a boy that can stand on his own
But these different circumstances has got me feeling alone
All the doctors and the nurses say youre dead and youre gone
But it still feels like I could talk to you if I picked up the phone
You cant fix a broken window you just replace the pane.
But there is no pain great enough to replace your face
With my eyes matted shut from the tears that I slept on
I thank God for the pictures and your voice on my cell phone.
But please, while you are awed in the mist of the Lord
Dont forget all your friends and time spent on this world.
I will never have a friend like you ever again.
My heart is a vault now, Im scared to let people in.
No matter how many oceans or rivers I cry
My heart will never let you go, Ill never say good bye.
A lot of my hours are now spent in the place where you lay
As I sit crying, wondering, who would you be today.

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Published: May 2008

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  • Hey I know how you feel even though it wasn't my bf it was my granddaddy he was the only person I could talk to about all the stuff my mom put me and my sibling through and now that I have lost him I don't know what to do. I am always upset this situation has really ruined my life.

    Kiara Fields,Atlanta GA Submitted May 2011
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  • My best friend of 23 years passed away 06/29/11. My life has stopped he was more then a friend he was my family. I just don't know how to deal with this and go on. My friend Don was the only person I could talk to cause he would always understand and find a way to make things right for me. When he went home to God he left a hole in my heart.

    Larry Owens. Indianapolis, In. Submitted Oct 2011
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  • My best friend of about 12 years or longer, Haeley McGuire, died in a terrible drunk driving accident on May 15, 2011. This is by far the hardest thing I have ever gone through, but I cant tell you how many times I have read this poem but I can tell you that it has touched me deeper than any other on this website. I have even quoted the whole thing and posted it on her Facebook profile. thanks for writing such a beautiful poem, I don't think you knew how much you were helping others when you wrote this but I'm here to tell you that this poem gets me out of the darkest places on days that I can't get her off of my mind. Thanks again I can't say it enough.

    Joey Migliorini, Derwood, Md Submitted Feb 2012
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  • My friend passed away on April 22,2012, she was more than a friend to me she was my sister, and she was only 14 years. She had heart problems, that caused her death. This poem had really touched me I love it! I actually cried when I read it! thank you!

    Dalya, Kuwait Submitted May 2012
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  • I lost my father in a car accident when I was 5. My mother died of a heart failure 2 days ago. I also lost my neighbor that I'd known since I was about 1 1/2 years ago (he died of bow cancer) and then I lost my step mother a year after that. and my best friend died one day after I turned 14. These are most of the deaths I have witnessed in my life. The thing that annoys me most though is that you don't know how lucky you are until you lose something very dear to you, and if I had know that this would happen to all these people I would have definitely spent more time with them and cherish every second I looked into their eyes and saw them looking back at me. This poem touched my heart so much and I cry ever time I read the first line.

    Tiah Submitted May 2012
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  • I grew up in a little town called Seguin Texas with a girl I would come to love as a sister and even though we were apart for 20 years physically we stayed in touch. She moved home three years ago and 1 month ago I lost her to God. You would think it would not hurt so much but right now I am still trying to feel anything other than pain. Does it ever hurt less?

    Marie, New Braunfels Tx Submitted Jun 2012
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  • I lost a friend 7 months ago, this poem is a touching poem, I'm sorry to hear about your friend :(

    Christina Lauter Submitted Oct 2012
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  • Thank you so much for this poem I know exactly how you feel when I was in fourth grade ( I hated that year) my dad and my best friend died in a car accident two months apart from each other. Now every time I read this poem it makes me cry so bad. Again thank you.

    Kaylynn, United States Submitted Dec 2012
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  • I recently lost several of my friends over the past year through tragic accidents and a murder. This poem has helped me so much and for that I will be forever grateful to you. Thank you

    Jesse Hutchison Submitted Jan 2013
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  • My best friend of 5 1/2 years was murdered this past January. One week after her 31st. Birthday. She was my whole world, It just seems so empty now. I miss her more each day, the pain seems to be getting worse. Thanks for the poem it made me cry remembering all the good times we shared.

    Andrew Hudak, North Carolina Submitted 7/9/2013
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  • I lost someone I was in love with him. I didn't tell him about my feelings for a year and he didn't even know me. He died in a car accident 3 weeks ago and till this day I'm crying because I did not tell him I love you and I want to live rest my life with you , .. (j.a) R.I.P

    Kaky , Saudi Arabia Submitted 12/11/2013
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