Things You Left Behind

June 16, 2009
By AbbyGrace BRONZE, Nashville, Tennessee
AbbyGrace BRONZE, Nashville, Tennessee
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You left behind your jewelry, so evocative and fair,
Which is to go to your young daughter, wilting in despair.
You left behind the fence that stands outside your broken house,
‘cause who else would take care of it now-- your cheerless spouse?
The recipes you left behind in handwriting so crude—
It’s sad to say that eating just doesn’t fit in with their mood.
You left behind your money and all your unsettled loans.
You left behind your body, now a sack of skin and bones.
And you left behind your child to wash all your dirty clothes.
You left behind the feelings of all your unspoken woes.

The author's comments:
I put this under Fiction because this was not just one person that left behind all these things, and therefore isn't considered "autobiographical". It is a compilation of what I've witnessed other people (whether my family or my friends' families) having to deal with after they lost a loved one. But, in all actuality, this might be as true to life it as can be.

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on Feb. 5 2010 at 8:56 pm
forget_me_not SILVER, Chesapeake, Virginia
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beautiful. relatable. well written. please keep writing.

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