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This world is so unkind
Why did he have to leave
He was so awesome, so giving
Something you would never believe

You should have seen him
So giving, so honest
So loving, caring, kind funny, genuine
So helpful, happy and modest

He was my best friend
There for me through thin and thick
Was by my side when I was scared
Held my hand when I was sick

Why is the world so cruel?
He didn’t do anything to deserve this
He didn’t have a mean bone in his body
He was the person no one could resist

I stare at the far wall
Alone in my room
Hiding from reality
Denying the truth

It hurts to think about him
Being happy feels selfish
Being sad makes it hurt more
It’s like a fire that can’t be extinguished

I can’t cry
I can’t scream
I can only hold myself tighter
And let the silent tears stream

Why would this person do this
All I can ask is why
He never did anything wrong
People’s feelings are so dry

This person ripped everything apart
His friends, family, loved ones
What this person did,
It just can’t be undone

I feel so empty
So out of touch
I wish I could have at least said goodbye
I just miss him so much

I’m in complete denial
I want to say he’s still here
I want to call his phone or arrange a study date
I never wanted to be in so much fear

It was just last week
He invited me over
We sat in his living room
The one with the four leaf clover

He wanted to play video games
He had my favorite ready
He gave me first controller
I was waiting, steady

The game started
And I pounded each key
I thought I was winning
Until he beat me

We celebrated with ice cream
Chocolate sprinkles on top
I spilled a little on the floor
And he offered to mop

This world is so unkind
Why did he have to leave
He was so awesome, so giving
Something you couldn’t believe

It happened last week
The day I got the news
I didn’t want to believe it
Then I made a bruise

I never broke the skin
Just maybe hurt a vein
I have a purple splotch there
I didn’t feel the pain

It helped me get over what happened
Made me feel whole
But it was a short alternative
I watched the red water roll

Why did this happen
He didn’t do anything wrong
I’m sitting alone now
Listening to his favorite song

That person has my hatred
I hope he burns in hell
He’s the very reason
My entire world fell

I bet you anything
He was protecting his friends
Then this worthless jerk came up
He made an injury no one could mend

Physical to him
Emotional to me
My best friend in the world
Is dead as can be

The shooter ran in
Scared everyone around
Then he aimed his gun
At the first person he found

I’m so sick of the violence
It’s completely meaningless
It’s been in history forever
It’s like a game of chess

There are the pawns
Limited but there
They contribute to the game
A sacrifice we’re forced to bear

Then the rooks and bishops
Just a little more free
But they die off just as quickly
So the prize can be seen

The knights are the children
The limited but useful
They are trapped within boundaries
But their use is a bit dull

The true killers are the queens
Free as can be
Moving left right up and down
Attacking as she please

The king is the point
Every queen tries to make
Weather religious, political or other
Every chance she has, she’ll take

My friend was a rook
Useful and there
But in the eyes of the world
He was a pawn they attacked and just fared

These shootings are everywhere
You can’t get away
Without hearing about one more
In the light of your day

His funeral is in a few days
I’m expected to speak
I’m not sure if I can do it
I think my mind’s still too weak

My name is Raven
And my best friend died
In a stupid, senseless shooting
Where no one survived

Why him of all people?
He was my rock
He made me happy and safe
A little like a lock

I’m so sick of these shootings
So done with the slaughter
The violence is crazy
Here comes the red water

I hope he sees what he’s done
Causing so much pain
He better burn in hell
He’s the one to blame

This world is so unkind
Being so cruel and so mean
I just lost my best friend
Because of one stupid fiend

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themusicnerd said...
Nov. 14 at 8:39 pm:
This is amazing and extremely emotional.  thank you for sharing raven.
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Nov. 15 at 1:42 pm :
my name isnt raven. raven is a character i made up.  
themusicnerd replied...
Nov. 15 at 7:49 pm :
Ok jeez sorry.  Nice job whoever you are :)
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today at 3:25 pm :
thanks. i appreciate it. and it's no problem. :)
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carrieelizabethh said...
Nov. 14 at 5:03 pm:
I liked this poem, although I feel there was some accidental repetition. For example, "so giving" repeats in the second stanza as it did in the first. Simple errors like this are easy to fix though, good job :)
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Janelle J. This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Nov. 14 at 2:32 pm:
All I can say is WOW!!!!!!! AMAZING!
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Nov. 15 at 1:43 pm :
aww...thank you  
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