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What You Left Behind

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You did not
go
without leaving
behind a few
things.

Clothes.

Some shirts
of course.
And jackets
you wore
in the winter
to keep your skinny frame
warm.
Your robes
with cigarette holes
accidentally
burnt through.
And a
cap
with steal your face
embroidered on the
front.

Music.

Tapes
and countless
CDs.
Boxes filled with records
too heavy
for me to carry.
The Kinks,
Bowie,
and
Pink Floyd
are all
mine
now.

Eyes.

Big and blue.
Lost
and searching
wildly
for
an
answer.

Memories.

You held my
hand
on car rides
I cried through.
And I
returned the favor
as I
held yours
while you lay
sleeping.

Photographs.

Frozen in time,
you smile.
Holding a fish
in one
with your cap firmly on your
head.
In another,
you’re walking
up the beach.

Going somewhere.

Somewhere

I can’t follow

yet.

And even though
you didn’t want to go

remember,

the most important thing you
left behind.

And I am your
living
legacy.

All my love.

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4 thoughts on “What You Left Behind

  1. Ok, I’m crying! He has left a great legacy- a very special young lady!! As your music teacher, I was always appreciative to see a parent so encouraging of his daughter’s musical pursuits! The last time I saw him was at your spring concert. I was sooo overjoyed he was there. I talked to both of you and then turned around backstage and cried then too. I smiled at the part of your poem about boxes filled with records to heavy for you to carry- he did pass on the love of music.

    • Aww don’t cry! I remember when you saw him at our spring concert. You were so surprised! So was I! That was such a special night for me because it was the last time he saw me perform. I’m so happy that he made it. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the poem 🙂 We were so appreciative of you!

  2. really beautiful abbey and boy, would he be proud. a gift of “animalistic bop” (aka: rock and roll) music is a gift for life.

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