Silent Drums


Loss is devastating

at any time

but for one

taken too soon

the emptiness

it leaves behind


a cacophonous chord


Shock and disbelief

murmurs through

the lives he touched

and those he knew

drumming a beat

of shared




he never knew

just how much

he was admired

friend, father

brother, son

He was


Never a close friend

but rather

a warm neighbor

from long ago

The memory

of his mischievous grin

Carries me back

and makes me smile

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