Such a Small Casket

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Such a small casket, we lay in the dirt,
For worms and moles and beetles to hurt.
Such a small casket can make grown men cry,
And such a small casket makes her mother want to die.

From the prognosis, we knew that in the end she would go,
But when we talked eye-to-eye, I could never tell her so.
The doctors, they tried, I know that they did,
But why couldn’t they save such a pure, innocent kid?

Now my sister is gone, she was only five,
And, oh, how I wish that she were still alive.
I remember when she nearly counted the stars,
She got all the way to eighty-ten, and in the darkness, she had no more scars.

Though the battle was short, it was extremely intense,
But now, at her funeral, I pay recompense,
For all the times that I was not a loving brother,
A child so forgiving, there will never be another.

Cancer’s the devil, this I have concluded,
For what else could kill a five-year-old girl, whose thoughts weren’t polluted?
In fact, she even still knew, stupid’s the s-word.
Such a sweet voice, thousands will never have heard.

“I love you, I love you,” I wish I could go back and say,
On the day when her eyes closed, and in death did she lay.
But now it’s too late, so I must really try,
To get to heaven to see her, and tell her what I meant at the hospital when all I did was cry.





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windryder said...
Aug. 16, 2010 at 10:30 am
i liked this poem. one of your best.
 
MelanieLouise This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 28, 2010 at 11:47 am
i love the end. you feel with every letter and every word. great job. keep writing, Mel
 
Felicia said...
Jul. 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm
this is an amzing poem and you could make a lot more and put in the feeling and love you have for your sister and it is garenteed to be greAT
 
Felicia replied...
Jul. 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm
OKAY NEVER MIND. BUT IT IS STILL GREAT.  THE WAY YOU CAN WRITE WITH SUCH FEELING AND SYMPATHY AND ABOUT SOMETHING THAT YOU DONT EVEN FEEL
 
brax34 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 28, 2010 at 11:44 am
i dont really understand what you're saying... you mean make the poem longer? write more poems like this?
 
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