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Tales of the Peregrine Pendant

Dear RE,
How often, as children, did we escape to the sea,
Dreaming of the life we might someday foresee?

And since the planet engulfed you and stole you away,
My oceanic lust I'm compelled to obey,

For your soul is nearest mine in saltwater and waves,
And I'm lighter, hopeful, by pain less enslaved,

But for two days now, your presence has abandoned me,
Star-less nights closed in and pervasively surrounded me,

Why have you left me? What of my sins have you sussed?
I've tried to emulate your loyalty, kindness, and the fight for what's just,

But I've clearly failed you, more times than I can say,
And I must accept my tragically flawed ways,

So for the last time, your necklace I depicted,
Overcome by the pain it acutely inflicted,

Then into the waves I dove, your pendant I clutched,
And released to the sea what I cherished so much,

I don't know what induced such a heedless decision,
But I immediately regretted this impetuous abscission,

Running back to the hotel, thoughts swirling in my mind,
I left my most beloved of all possessions behind,

Then early at dawn, during stroll along the beach,
When your light felt even further from my reach,

I stumbled upon an object delivered from the sea,
It was your pendant, returned from the ocean to me,

I fell to my knees, my hands interlaced,
Begging for your strength, forgiveness, and grace,

And in a whisper to the winds across the sea,
I recited an invocation, "Come back to me".

About this poem

After my brother's murder, I had his fingerprint pendant that I only removed to document "his travels". On this day in the Bahamas, I couldn't feel him watching over me. It's the story of how things lost can be found, and that kismet has its plans for us.

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Written on January 04, 2022

Submitted by sircharlenesir on May 06, 2022

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Jennifer Ames (Pierro)

Undergrad - UC Berkeley (psychology) Graduate - Brown University (psychology) Veterinary Medicine - Purdue University Oncology Residency - University of Georgia more…

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