for jake.

Death takes countless people everyday,

people who were too young to die,

people who didn’t deserve to die,

people who didn’t want to die.

And I know

that you’ve cried out to God,

asking Him why

He takes people too soon,

begging him to

bring back your loved ones,

but God has bigger plans, my love.

And I know

that you’ve suffered

immense pain and heartbreak

because the one that was taken from you

will never get to celebrate

all the birthdays they would’ve had,

will never get to say

“I love you” to anyone again,

will never get to do

all the things they wanted to do,

will never get to hug

another family member again,

will never get to toast

to all the good things in life,

will never get to live

another day on earth,

but these aren’t bad things.

And I hope,

through all the pain and heartbreak,

that you celebrate

all the birthdays they didn’t get,

and you say

“I love you” when it’s needed,

and you do

all the things they never got to do,

and you hug

your family and their family,

and you toast

to all the blessings in life,

but most of all,

I hope

that you never stop speaking

about the memories they gave you,

because as long as their names

never leave our lips,

then our loved ones

will never truly be gone.

 

  • m.f.
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