Loss Poem

Pain Of Losing A Best Friend

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!!!

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I loss my best friend/spiritual brother of 24 years in September 2017 to cancer. I miss him so much. I think of him just about every day. I have asked God "why" so many times. It was the...

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Who Would You Be Today?

© more by Joel McKeown

Published by Family Friend Poems May 2008 with permission of the Author.

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 can't eat, you can't sleep, that is the pain that I am feeling.
My father raised a boy that can stand on his own,
But these different circumstances have got me feeling alone.
All the doctors and the nurses say you're dead and you're gone,
But it still feels like I could talk to you if I picked up the phone.
You can't 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
Don't 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, I'm scared to let people in.
No matter how many oceans or rivers I cry
My heart will never let you go, I'll never say goodbye.
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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  • Joseph B by Joseph B
  • 6 years ago

I loss my best friend/spiritual brother of 24 years in September 2017 to cancer. I miss him so much. I think of him just about every day. I have asked God "why" so many times. It was the second time in 16 years my entire life changed so dramatically. I lost my mother in 2001. I thought that was my new reality; now here is another new reality. There is no more going over his house before work for coffee and a chat. So many memories of a friendship that was so unconditional. We just did stuff for each other when it needed done. I thank God for being a part of his journey on this earth. Last year was truly a journey seeing my best friend in so much pain in hospice. It broke my heart. I thank God for being his caregiver for a week at his place before going back to hospice for the last time before he was called home by the Lord. This poem is a great one because it speaks to my heart, to my current situation.

  • Mike by Mike
  • 7 years ago

I have recently lost both of my best friends, and this poem is just wow! Words can't explain how great this poem is. The line, "My heart is now like a vault, afraid to let people in," explains how I feel every day with my two best friends. There could be no worse thing than losing someone you care about with all of your heart. There could be life after death, though, so don't be afraid. Your friend is now living her/his life after death...I'm sorry for your loss...

I am glad you can find value in something I wrote while I was in such a horrible place. I hope things have gotten easier for you.

  • Lizzie by Lizzie, England
  • 9 years ago

I lost my best friend over a year ago. A fortnight after losing my granddad. She was the person I went to about everything. And in this past year my life has changed and moved on and it's breaks my heart I am a different person to who she knew. So the line 'I wonder who you'd be today' really gets me as I think that as I know how different I am I wish I knew how different she would be. Thank you for putting that into words, brought me to tears but sometimes its best to let it out.

I'm sorry for the lost of your best friend. The pain is indescribable but we will all get through each day till we see them again

  • Linda by Linda, New Jersey
  • 9 years ago

I loved your poem but would also ask WHO WOULD I BE TODAY without my high school friend, Clozzel. I miss the nights of chatting on the phone and laughing about nothing at all. So much to share and only the sound of silence now. Thank you so much for your love and support and encouragement over the years. I was blessed to share a friendship with you. Rest in peace, my Special Angel.

  • Jeremy by Jeremy, Philippines
  • 10 years ago

One night I was playing a computer games and I take look at my phone if there was a notification of Facebook and I saw my name was tag to my friend. At first, I thought my friend remembered me until I read along a description and I saw RIP Dave. I was shocked though couldn't move from my seat to get a fresh air outside. He is a good and loving friend of mine but all of that had gone cause of a motor accident. If I could visit his funeral to see him, but I can't we're apart from each other. Farewell my loving friend we'll meet soon.

  • Kaky by Kaky, Saudi Arabia
  • 10 years ago

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

  • Eve by Eve
  • 10 years ago

I thank God have not lost a friend like this but I can tell you your words cut right to my heart and I could feel your loss. You have a great gift for words and I want to thank you for making me appreciate the gift of my friends right now.

  • Eve by Eve
  • 10 years ago

I thank God have not lost a friend like this but I can tell you your words cut right to my heart and I could feel your loss. You have a great gift for words and I want to thank you for making me appreciate the gift of my friends right now.

  • Edward Owusu-Manu by Edward Owusu-Manu
  • 7 years ago

I don't know, but at times life is just worthless. And I still can't forgive myself for not telling her how much I love and cherish her till death took her out of my sight.

  • Andrew Hudak by Andrew Hudak, North Carolina
  • 10 years ago

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.

  • Jesse Hutchison by Jesse Hutchison
  • 11 years ago

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

  • Kaylynn by Kaylynn, United States
  • 11 years ago

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.

  • Christina Lauter by Christina Lauter
  • 11 years ago

I lost a friend 7 months ago, this poem is a touching poem, I'm sorry to hear about your friend :(

  • Marie by Marie, New Braunfels Tx
  • 12 years ago

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?

  • Bradyn Allison by Bradyn Allison
  • 5 years ago

It never hurts less, just less often.

  • Tiah by Tiah
  • 12 years ago

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.

  • Dalya by Dalya, Kuwait
  • 12 years ago

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!

  • Joey Migliorini by Joey Migliorini
  • 12 years ago

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.

  • Larry Owens. Indianapolis by Larry Owens. Indianapolis, In.
  • 12 years ago

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.

  • Kiara Fields by Kiara Fields, Atlanta GA
  • 13 years ago

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.

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