A forgotten shoe
lies abandoned on the floor,
your cracking heart too painful
to lean down and pick it up.
Her abandoned toys are just memories now,
lost to time;
the whispers of the little one-
and echo strangely-
mingling with the broken spirits
of the loved ones she left behind.
What hope there was
now takes a different form-
sadnesss turns to grief,
and grief to helpless anger.
with guilt and rage,
locked together in the fingers of other sufferers,
hearts swelling in solitary pain,
yet shared by all.
What is lost now
is still just around the corner,
though far from reach-
little footsteps still ring in the hallways,
peals of laughter bouncing off the now bleak walls,
where peeling paint remembers crayon scribbles
and unicorn doodles.
Wild manes still flash in the summer sun,
rippling like a mirage just out of sight,
but the windows reflect only cold light inside these empty rooms.
You've tried appealing to your silver lining attitude,
the one you wished you had,
attempting to comfrt yourself,
even when a smile is impossible.
your mantra continues in a voiceless chant,
hoping you don't forget to pull it together,
or else the heartache may riddle holes through your mask,
baring for all the world to see
and crumpled you are on the inside.
she wouldn't approve of stern faces,
or somber stares at the floor;
she wouldn't want to see you cry,
those 'funny little dew-drops' won't bring her back.
as she was in her final days-
stronger than you ever thought a child of six could be.
Believe in life,
for her sake,
In Memorial of an amazing six-year old wonder- whose tenacity and enthusiasm for life are unparalleled by anyone I have met. May she rest her eyes, and awaken in the next life. May she dazzle everyone as she dazzled me.