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you danced wild around the fire
all flames and pale skin in the biting cold
then you shivered beside us
grinning, eyes flashing dark

we climbed the hill in time for dawn
your hair dyed acid green
face shining through a delicate rain mist
i've always wanted to, you said

you told us the extent of it
which we kind of knew, but not the immediacy
the streetlights had halos that night
cloaked and painted, you carried your burning torch

you asked if i would find out what everyone thought
because it would upset people coming from you
i always was good with the difficult questions
i told myself it was still theoretical, or at least not imminent

last year you had a party, just because
you said, we'll have another one, after
we didn't speak of what was still to come before
there are warm sacred places that will always belong to your smile
I wrote this for my friend Garry who died last year.
His husband read it out at his funeral.
I don't think I've ever cried so much.




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MarieStars Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017   Traditional Artist
So beautiful and touching, damn you're writing are emotional! You made an amazing homage to your friend.
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TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Thank you :hug: 
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Eremitik Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
I have been trying to come up with something to say about this poem for fifteen minutes- I just keep reading it over and over, letting myself become absorbed in the imagery and emotion you have so deftly woven together to create this beautifully moving memorial. Nothing I write seems to sufficiently describe how deeply moved and touched I am by this-
I am saddened by your loss of someone who was obviously a bright shining light in your life.
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TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
He really was an amazing person and his loss is still very much felt. Thank you so much for the lovely comment :heart:
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Eremitik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
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Feriberri Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very touching and ethereal. I am impressed by how well you managed to use subtle undertones and metaphors to imply death without actually using the word or straight up saying 'died'. It adds a very delicate sort of approach to reading it that perfectly captures the process of mourning.
You also have a lovely use of spacing to allow the reader to breathe in all the right moments.
I'm so sorry for your loss. Such beautiful pieces of poetry shouldn't have to come from such sad situations.
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TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
I was still kind of in shock when I wrote this, that bit right after someone dies when your head it like a film of all your memories of them. I posted it on my blog the next day and it felt so strange to be sharing it, like it was too raw to be out there in the world. 
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Feriberri Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, yes, that perfectly explains the sort of emotion it brings the reader to feel when going through it. That moment of stillness and fear was very strongly present here. It's strange how intimate art can feel sometimes when it comes from something so life changing like that. I think it's a good thing to get it out there though. In a way, the raw emotions are sort of what make it so easily reliable, I think- but I can definitely understand that sort of next-day embarrassment of it all. I don't know if it helps to hear this from a complete stranger, but I do appreciate you sharing this in spite of your feelings of vulnerability. It is a terribly real poem and it is powerful. I feel privileged to be able to see this part of a soul and I'm sure it will help others not feel so alone.
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TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
There is not a big enough :hug: for this comment xx
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ApolloJustice6332 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
This is really really good.
"The streetlights had halos that night"
That's so beautiful
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TanyaSimoneSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Thank you :hug: 
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