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Death of a friend

Went to a funeral today of a friend….I have lost a couple of friends already but this still rings true….

The Friend

In a circle of friends, the one who dies first

Is the friend you will never forget:

This is the death that unhinges you

From the trappings of everyday life

And makes you – suddenly – absurdly grateful

For each new breath – beginning with this one.

This is the death that could break you apart

In every way possible; that persuades you –

In memory of that friend – to turn away

From whatever refuses to speak to your heart

From whatever threatens to numb your soul

From whatever it is that revels in death.

Yet this, too, is the friend you need by your side.

Listen. Together they urge you: Live your life.

– Alice Kavouna

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