Cha-Chi Legacy

I inhale the tears 
welling up in my eyes.
Feeling like I don't have 
the right to cry for 

letting so much time go by
without saying hi,
how are you doing, 
what's new in your life?

I "kept in touch" 
watching your 
adventures
on social media, 

restoring 
power
after a 
hurricane, 

providing water 
and food for 
people who didn't 
know your name.

I was proud of you,
but you never knew
beyond a heart 
on your page. 

Days turn to weeks,
weeks turn to years
then poof, you are 29
and no longer here.  

Like touching ungrounded metal
wired to electricity,
we feel the shock
throughout our body. 

Now as family, friends, 
co-workers and complete 
strangers come in droves 
to pay final respects

we are in awe  
hearing stories 
about you that 
we never knew...

how you 
checked in 
with your mom 
every day,

how you 
were the first
to volunteer 
during an emergency,

how you 
worked long hours,
then cooked for and 
comforted your friends,

how you 
took the 
homeless in,

how you 
provided Christmas 
presents to 
families in need. 

Everyone 
who knew you 
had only good 
things to say.

How you 
were a gentle giant
come to save
the day. 

What a powerful lesson 
to those of us who 
get busy in life 
and live vicariously.

Personal connection,

compassion, kindness,

and unconditional love

is the best legacy.

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Vautaw

Mon 4th Feb 2019 16:46

Very true Steven. We tend to immortalize the heroes. Thank you! 💘

steven arthur

Mon 4th Feb 2019 16:38

heroes meant for heaven, but heaven screams for angels. my condolences.

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Vautaw

Mon 4th Feb 2019 16:02

Thank you Mae. 💗

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Vautaw

Mon 4th Feb 2019 16:01

Thank you John, for your condolences, encouragement and support. Cha-Chi was my nephew who I always saw as a kid, but who had grown into a great man right before my distracted eyes. His legacy will be my lesson.

I don't know how to write from anything but life. I will need to study the greats, like YOU, to write about things I don't experience personally. Call your kids, tell them you love them, and write on for the world of poetry students who are learning from you! 💖

P.S. No pressure. 😉

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Mae Foreman

Mon 4th Feb 2019 09:02

Lovely truly🎈
Thank you
Mae

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John Marks

Mon 4th Feb 2019 08:38

A very beautiful poem. Tears welled up as I read. I hope this wasn't written from life, but I fear that it was. If so, many sincere condolences. Don't be harsh on yourself. As the father of five grown-up children I know how difficult it is to draw the line between love and interference. Children, even adult ones, need to be free. Best wishes and keep writing, you have talent a-plenty. John

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