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  An Ode to Aric who we loved greatly
by Karin A Fleischhaker-Griffin
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Taking one's life may be the ultimate selfish act

He showed genius as a small child.
Trying hard to understand everything difficult to mild.
Initiative was placed early on to find ways to help one's self so as not to be a burden.
His mother was abusive and cruel, hitting him with books and that was for certain.
Never desiring his birth, she complained to all who would be listening.
Yet, the love of his father was never missing.

None of his friends would have understood his fears.
What would become of him in future years?
Had the physical and mental cruelty impeded his ability to go further on to school?
After all, even his English teacher elected to portray him as a fool.

Yet all his pre-college tests proved him to excel as a high achiever.
As did his dedication and prowess in wrestling and football find him no deceiver.
He was a tall handsome muscular blond who everyone loved and whose actions they would mirror
Still they did not see the insecurities deep within for which he could not shed an outward tear.

He loved nature and all that was beautiful.
And, there was never a time when he was not truthful.
Everyone desired to be like the friendly, considerate and helpful person he was.
Not knowing that constant worrying about his and everyone's finances may be a cause.

He covered his sad inner feelings
By bringing forth happiness to those to whom he had meaning.
Yet impeded again by the inability to go beyond those cruel years
He felt not deserving enough for anyone to shed tears

After months of despair and because of circumstances beyond his control
He did not think about his purpose in life nor that of his mortal soul.
Feeling positive he could not eliminate any furthur agony and strife
One afternoon, after doing his chores, he took his life.

Not capable in life of such a selfish act.
He did not realize how many people he would hurt and that is a fact.
Friends in agony needing help because of such despair.
Knowing the hearts of family members and those he touched in life, cannot repair.

We see the messages written on buildings, the flowers at your grave
We hurt immensely and our thoughts of you forever shall we save
Yet to your friends we say, never consider yourself to submit to such a selfish act.
Everyone has a purpose in life and it is your duty to keep your life in tact.

Always make the best of each moment with those who share your love.
And by communicating your fears before considering fleeing above
You will find comfort and understanding that you are not alone
And the thought of doing away with yourself, you will be less prone.      

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/21/2008
Sad and so real. My mom chose to leave early. I can relate. Thank you, Kathryn. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Lauren Clearwaters (Reader) 4/16/2008
I feel for your loss... and oh so understand your pain.
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 2/14/2008
Good poem. So many do not realize what they do to hurt their families in their life. I do and liked this poem and it made me carry on for my family when I am down and out. Fight depression often. Lois C.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 1/4/2008
powerful, poignant read
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/2/2007
i agree-my youngest sons' father took his own life when my son was 15-a terrible thing to do to others
Reviewed by Monette Bebow-Reinhard (Reader) 3/16/2007
He looks like such a sweet child, too, to feel so unloved. For even if others love us, if we do not love ourselves, we can never feel it from others. I hope he can return in better circumstances some day.
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 10/25/2006
Much too often we are aware or hear of a sadness such as this. And we can't help but wonder...why? A lesson for all parents: Always let your children know how much they are loved; how much they are needed; how much they have to offer the world. Otherwise it is called "child abuse"!

Your poem is a tribute to all lost children...

Reviewed by Martin Hebert 5/13/2006
~~Kathyn~~such a sad poem yet written so well..~~

Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 3/22/2006
He is in light..that's all that is important now..

Yes others may learn something.. who knows..the only thing I know is that I REALLY felt what he went thru..I dare not comment or judge..
May he know bliss ..

Well written..

Reviewed by Lin Edwards (Reader) 2/9/2006
A sad story, and a very good message in the last stanza particularly.
Reviewed by Leslie Bond 1/31/2006
I'm sorry of your loss.He sounded like a person that really did his best, and then some. Leslie
Reviewed by Hanley Harding 1/19/2006
Dear "K";

VERY nice (and the picture, while LARGE, is pretty good!).

Hugs 'n' Kisses (and more Kisses);


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