The world is a beautiful place, full of faces, full of joy, full of laughter and full of character. Each of us has a unique talent, one that is shared and given, but one that is accepted and loved. We are gifted in ways that we sometimes do not realize that until someone notices and embraces it. We try to make our talents grow without having to brag about it. We try to win friends without scaring them away. We try to be famous without being marred by scandals…..
Until it is taken away without notice.
Why do some of us have to leave so soon when……
we have a home to come home to
we have a family to be a family with
we have friends to be friends with
we have work to work off
we have a show to show around
and we have love to be loved by?
We may never know the why, the how and the what of our loss,
We may never understand the cause
We can only keep in our own memory of all the things you have done
We can only remember you for what you have done
And left a mark in our hearts in the process.
For better or worse, for good times and bad,
For successes and failures, for happiness and sorrow
For a friend and for a foe, for a family and for a neighbor,
You made the best of your talent
But left us too soon, leaving us hollow.
We will remember your voice and your music
But will forever be speechless.
This poem is written in memory of a classmate who left us too soon. He was not only a popular figure in school in Minnesota, where I attended, but he was a gifted musician, who made the best of his talent and made many people happy in the process. Unfortunately, I was informed of his passing at a very young age. While he and I butt heads on occasion, he was a great person to hang around with in school and had wondered how he was doing since I graduated 20 years ago. For his work, this piece is for him. Click here to listen to his music and for those who knew him, like I did, may he be remembered for the best and worst of times, but most of all, for being a friend and a great.