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Imagining the loss of someone so close.

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As your life slows, I will, too.
Fleeting are moments spent too soon.

You are strength in loss, a runner among walkers.
Will you leave me in the crowd?

Once more, I may find myself without a home.
This time I'll use your tools to build another.

New Hampshire nights and New York drives.
Take them with you.

Wherever you'll go, you can't decide.
But I hope you find your way.

Please don't forget me after.
I will remember our laughter.
Visit often.
Please don't forget me after.

All I am I owe to you.


James P.


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Thanks for sharing your poem with us, James (:
Would you care to give us a story behind the poem? If not, I totally understand.

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Hi Aaron,

Thanks for your comment! This is my first post on OpenIDEO, so apologies if it was pretty bare.

The last few years we lost a few extended family members unexpectedly. Those experiences reminded me that life can be so unpredictable. I think that I gained a newfound sense of gratefulness for my friends and family. Losing them made me think about how I would cope if I lost the two most important people; my parents. This poem is a reflection on this.

I took this photo on a Massachusetts road that my family and I traveled so many times when I was a kid. One side of my family is in New York and the other is in New Hampshire. To me, this road symbolizes the connection between my families.


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Hi James,

That's a wonderful story (: And no, your post was not bare. I enjoyed it thoroughly and it made me want to know more. Beautiful picture, something so simple like a road can hold so much meaning to us when it's tied to fond memories. It can be a wonderful experience to relive those memories just by reenacting old traditions. I think it's important to think about traditions, and mementos, and to learn how to appreciate our loved ones while we still have them, and how it can ease their passing.

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