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Watching the light slowly fade from a person you love is like watching your favorite candle burn to the end of its wick.   
Dipping my toes Into the endless midnight blue To me, it's a deadly hue. First my ankles, Then up to my knees. Pause. Remind myself to breathe. My clothes are wet now
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine" A melody sung by mothers everywhere A song of love, adoration, and desperation
New Year’s with my family, Save one member. Valentine’s with my family, Save one member. Easter with my family, Save one member. Spring Break with my family, Save one member.
Dear One, I miss your smile I miss your laugh I miss your spirit and your craft. When I started this letter it was too late,  I should have written it before this date. You taught me kindness
I loved you from the start and thought that we'd never be apart  Seeing you before birth was a tearing moment for your dad and I  Getting ready for your arrival ; setting up your baby crib  
The man next to me. Usually in a camo uniform. Or a blue jacket. He has tags around his neck. A shaven clean face. And the American flag painted on his shoulder. I look at him.
The sad begging blue eyes Almost bring tears to my eyes. Almost.   The tiny warm smile Almost makes a matching grin. Almost.   The pitter patter of tiny feet Almost makes me laugh.
When memory calls upon me I sit to remember Joyous or Melancholy Awake or in slumber The sights I have seen The things I have known The people I’ve loved Even though some are gone  
I thought my heart was breaking, I thought the day was done I thought that time was taking too long for me Now I see   Love is infinite And you just need me to be here Dry your tears, I'm here
Dear Dad It wasn’t supposed to be this way I was supposed to hug you one more time Be able to look at you face so long it was memorized I should have been able to have your arms wrapped around me
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