A Poem for Jake

January 11, 2011
By dontwrrybehappy BRONZE, Seekonk, Massachusetts
dontwrrybehappy BRONZE, Seekonk, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
“I make it a rule never to smoke while I'm sleeping.”- Mark Twain

Christmas lights are gone
We have candles instead,
To honor and pray,
To mourn for a friend,

To light the path,
A route to above,
To which this angel will fly
With the strength of our love.

To lighten his spirit,
Bring warmth to his soul
On his journey to heaven
Through winter’s cold.

But God, it’s too dark
For a white Christmas this year.
The memory of Jake
Will never leave here.

I don’t know why you took him, Lord,
I don’t know what to believe.
His life has been stolen
By the hands of a thief.

They have wrapped him, a present,
Expect him Christmas Eve.
God, I know for a fact,
He’s the best gift you’ll ever receive.

The author's comments:
Tragedy struck at my high school several weeks ago. Eighteen year old Jake M. passed away after being hit by a car. It was unbelievable how something so devastatingly tragic could happen so unexpectedly, and our entire community was shaken up by his death. His family had to bury him two days before Christmas on his younger brother's birthday. He was one of the fun-loving kids I've ever known and could make anyone laugh, and its clear that he lived every day to its fullest. He made the most of his life, but it was taken away entirely too soon. An athlete, an honors student, and one of the funniest kids I've known, Jake made an impression on everyone in our town and he will never be forgotten. I wrote this poem because it was the best way I think of to honor his memory and to help me deal with the shock of such an unexpected and unnecessary loss.

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