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Author Name: FreeGemini222 6 Comments
Date Added: March 28, 2004 14:03:34 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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~The Front Row~
Today is the day, and I can't believe it's here;
to get a front row seat instead of a rear.

I should be elated; it should be a treat,
but instead to the rear I'd like to retreat.

We all sit erectly, eight siblings of nine,
 with no smiles at all in this front row of mine.

It seems we just did this not very long ago.
We let go of a brother before his time to go.

He took his own life with a gun to his chest.
He did ask for permission, but we never said yes.

Now today is another day that we'll always remember.
We let go of now our eldest family member.

Another loss to suicide and I am damn mad.
Never could I have dreamt it would take my dad.

The front row seat I will now always dread,
for to me that now means that a loved one is dead.
Author's Notes:
Having two family members take their own lives was tragic for me and my family. The front row to me seems to draw other people's attention. In a way I felt like we were all on display. All of those questioning eyes still haunt me, and I have always felt the need to write something about that experience.
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Comment By: FreeTracy Fletcher on November 27, 2006 05:48:52 PM Report
I know this was a horrible time in your life,
but I also know that you are strong and made it through.
Very beautiful and tearful write.
Love Ya........................Tracy

Comment By: FreeThe Bag Lady on November 9, 2005 07:36:23 PM Report
Firstly, Karen, my condolences on your losses within your family...It must be a horrendous burden feeling being in the front row.....Great insight to the plight of losing so much, tearful, but written with a caring pen....Good work, Karen..
Comment By: FreeLady Dragonwyck on March 29, 2004 03:12:08 PM Report
Karen, this is very well written. I am so deeply sorry for your losses. Stay strong...

Lady Dragonwyck
Comment By: FreeGay Johnson on March 28, 2004 02:22:25 PM Report
Beautiful poem about a tragic subject. Gay
Comment By: Premiumwislar on March 28, 2004 02:22:02 PM Report
this is a wonderful write Karen, I too have sat in the front row, the reasons are different, but the feelings inside over the loss of a loved one are just as emotional. My condolences to you and your family. Welcome to our humble home.

Comment By: FreeKatrina Leonna on March 28, 2004 02:15:25 PM Report
to lose a loved one is sooo terrible... i know how you feel about having to sit on the front row and you think ppl are staring at you...great write


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