Untitled (A Poem for Stan: 1970-2013)

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Facebook:
A place to share your life with
Friends,
Family,
Co-workers.

Many status updates seem to infer that:
Everything is super positively hunky-dory
ALL THE TIME!!!!
(regardless of actual truth)
I LOVE (insert heart or smiley here)
My family!
My friends!!
My co-workers!!

This one was different–
A status updating
Friends,
Family,
Co-workers.
A note with a final goodbye.
Comments made below
Couldn’t save him.

Facebook:
The  place he shared his death
With
His family,
His friends,
His colleagues.

We need more
Than likes and shares
More than
Emoticons representing how we feel
(or how we present ourselves as feeling)
More than
Facebook.

We need
People to share our lives with.

Notes: Last night I received some tragic news. A friend of my husband’s posted a goodbye message on Facebook before taking his own life.  He was kind, gentle, and patient–one of the good guys. We are still struggling to understand the circumstances that led him to this dark place and I am trying to work through some of it with this poem. Probably not my best piece of writing, but at least I am beginning the process of processing.

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3 thoughts on “Untitled (A Poem for Stan: 1970-2013)

  1. So sorry for your loss. This is a very touching and profound look at how we have so many “friends”, yet are so disconnected these days.

    Like

  2. Pingback: A Brief Meditation on Grieving and Facebook Walls | thinkdreamdo

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