For Chris – Poetry: Honorable Mention

By Hannah Drake

My friend died today
Quietly
Peacefully
There were no headlines
No breaking news declarations
The world still spun on its’ axis
My friend died today
Quietly
Peacefully
Time did not stand still
People moved about
They laughed, smiled, got coffee and posted to Twitter
My friend died today
Quietly
Peacefully
Life didn’t miss a beat
Clocks kept time
Dogs barked, the trash was picked up, the neighbor raked leaves
My friend died today
Almost an oxymoron to the way he lived his life
Out loud
Proud
Unapologetically himself
My friend died today
My friend…died…today
And I remember him…
Loud
Laughing
Encouraging
Gossiping
Humorous
Writing
Loving
My friend…my friend died today
Took his final curtain call amongst machines keeping number of falling respirations and failed heartbeats
And the world is oblivious that a dynamic candle has lost its flame…