Remembering a friend

September 7, 2009

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His brother gave him the flask
Water to throw on the fire
Bob was only two years old
It changed his whole life
 
It was kerosene instead
Bob was burned very severely
Immeasurable pain was his
Both then and ahead
  
How did he survive?
Pain, grief, guilt, unspeakable
New journey for his family
 
I met him at twenty-one
He was angry and bitter
He had no friends to speak of
He let me be one
 
Bob became my great teacher
He let me walk beside him
He opened his heart and his thoughts
He became my friend
 
His last nine years:
  
My friend Bob Nelson
Died at the age of thirty
At the end he joked
 
He taught me to live
He numbered his days by one
Love led him to joy
 
What was his secret?
There was peace in his presence
Because love found him
 
This is a love for all
A treasure found in stillness
A voice I have heard
 
Where can this love be found?
Love is looking to find you
Raise your awareness
 
In Memory of Bob Nelson
1951-1981
© Terry S. Smith
written August 2008
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One Response to “Remembering a friend”

  1. Freda said

    You captured him so totally. Thank you, Terry, for remembering our brother. I am so happy we got to share him!

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