STOP Suicide Poem

Poem About Life Changing After Losing A Loved One

Our lives can change in an instant and sometimes beyond our understanding. These are random thoughts written the day before my brother's funeral in July 2010. We do not ask to be affected by suicide; it happens. My brother was 40 years old and my only sibling - we were very close. I am publishing this poem to dispel the stigma of something that many people don't discuss. My view of suicide has changed through this experience, especially for those who have mental illness. I hope somehow this poem brings comfort to anyone who is affected by something that seems so incomprehensible. You are not alone.

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It Is Over

Cheryl L. Johnson ©

Published by Family Friend Poems February 2016 with permission of the Author.


It is quiet,
So very quiet.
I am left alone now.
No longer to hear your voice
It is very quiet.

Snippets of memories flash before me,
Like a kaleidoscope with multi-dimensional, brilliant colors.
No rhyme or reason in their placement, yet when they fall into place,
They form a beautiful pattern of colorful hues.

I am transfixed.

There are no answers as to why you are gone,
But like the kaleidoscope, your brilliance left patterns on this earth
For those of us left behind.

It is what we do with your brilliance that matters - because you matter.

And as the randomness of the colorful images takes shape,
The transformation of the images becomes something beautiful.
I can reflect in the quiet of the moment - nothing left to say,
For I believe in my heart there is only peace.

It is so quiet,
So very...very quiet.


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