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 Those Left Behind ChinaSwan        (More) 9/22/2014
 Shapes the Past nitehawk        (More) 9/21/2014
 Rainbow Riders Redux PrairieFlax        (More) 9/20/2014
 Rainbow Riders Redux PrairieFlax        (More) 9/20/2014
 Rainbow Riders PrairieFlax        (More) 9/20/2014
 Up In The Clouds candycane        (More) 9/20/2014
 Where Sorrow Assails nitehawk        (More) 9/20/2014
 Void OF nitehawk        (More) 9/19/2014
 Painting the Memories nitehawk        (More) 9/18/2014
 Where Love Still Holds nitehawk        (More) 9/17/2014
 Under the Layers nitehawk        (More) 9/17/2014
 sleep terriwilliams33        (More) 9/16/2014
 Breaking the Silence nitehawk        (More) 9/15/2014
 Memories of yore Rose Marie Streeter        (More) 9/14/2014
 Hope in Erosion nitehawk        (More) 9/13/2014
 Marty (Then and Gone) riki_ryme        (More) 9/13/2014
 We Don't Know Why Sandina        (More) 9/12/2014
 ~~ Beth Anne 3 ~~ CrystalElkWoman        (More) 9/11/2014
 Refuge nitehawk        (More) 9/11/2014
 Please Always Remember Me Trixie Love        (More) 9/11/2014
  Love’s Vision Lost gms583p        (More) 9/10/2014
 Memories on Loan nitehawk        (More) 9/10/2014
 On Horizon's Cusp nitehawk        (More) 9/10/2014
 STOLEN OnePurpleCrayon        (More) 9/9/2014
 In the arms of the angels TinaLouiseUK        (More) 9/8/2014
 The Funeral timmythrin        (More) 9/8/2014
 Chasms of Despair nitehawk        (More) 9/7/2014
 Stained Pages nitehawk        (More) 9/7/2014
 I MISS YOU hollydar        (More) 9/7/2014
 What happened to forever? macwriter        (More) 9/6/2014
 


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Those Left Behind

The news came fast.
No warnings.
No sickness....
but a death sentence non-the-less.

A routine test.
More meds for an old wound.
Same 'ol, same 'ol.
'Um, the test results changed.'

Stupid stares.
Words not yet understood.
Specialists assigned.
A tumor deep inside.

Denial.
Surprise.
Sadness.
Acceptance.

Fight or flight decision time.
Fight eats away at funds already tight.
Flight means saying goodbye...
To those left behind.

Life already scarred me.
Lessons to others already instilled.
Growing old and stale so lonely.
FLIGHT for those left behind.

No tears allowed.
Taught my loves to be strong.
A locket of ashes for each to wear.
Always close to those left behind.

Ready to go.
Hope enough 'I love you's' will carry them through.
Taking my place with those already loved and gone.
I live in those left behind.

I am that sudden breeze you feel.
I am that star shining so bright.
I am the butterfly brushing your shoulder.
I am the candle in the darkest night.

Never gone.
Always beside you.
Love never ending.
For those left behind.

To MINE being left behind....

Love is ever changing,
embrace how I must love you now!
Touch your heart.
There I always will be!


~~Robin Dawn Pinkham-Palmer

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