Rest In Peace, Ryne Dougherty

October 17, 2008
By dahlingg SILVER, Montclair, New Jersey
dahlingg SILVER, Montclair, New Jersey
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Some say,
That from those who suffer, art emerges.
For you to live again,
I would gladly sacrifice all of my art.
The pain that has surrounded me,
Echoing through the crowded halls in which I pass,
Uniting those I once thought firmly divided,
Blanketing an entire society completely,
Can aide in the creation of irreplaceable, breathtaking art.
I would destroy all of this art, tear it into tiny pieces,
Smash the words, the colors, the images,
To burn in a ferocious fire, leaving only the ashes as a remainder,
If it meant that your ashes could transform,
Rebuild themselves back into human form,
Your human form.
You were another person in the world that I never knew,
Yet in a way I knew everything about you,
I know,
That your life is no comparison to the art I create,
Your life contained all of the art,
That could emerge from me in a life time.

The author's comments:
This is inspired by a football player, Ryne Dougherty, from my high school, Montclair High School, in Montclair, New Jersey. Ryne Dougherty died on October 16, 2008, after being taken off of life support, a decision that his family was forced to make. Ryne suffered a brain hemoridge when tackled in a football game a few days prior to his death. I was amazed by how supportive all of the people in my high school have been since his death, how we have all united, and how people who didn't even know Ryne, myself included, have all felt the same pain and grief over our fellow student. This poem is dedicated to Ryne.

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