To a Friend
by Reza Rites
As we look up at the moon we must never forget that the sun will rise in the morning.
As we watch the snowflakes fall to earth we must never forget the rose that will rise from the ground.
As we close our favorite book we must never forget the millions of stories yet to be written and read.
And as we consider the loss of those we love, we must never forget the gifts they left for us to cherish and continue to uncover.
I join you in saying goodbye to someone who left her mark, and I hold your hand, to walk together, back to the fields of love and appreciation.
I find death and watching the loved ones of those who’ve gone very difficult to process. I have relied on poetry in the past to help me process my own loss. I wrote this for a friend hoping it would help her, but I share this hoping it might help someone else struggling with a loss.
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