The friend I never knew.

The friend I never knew.

As I walk through the cemetery for my daily exercise, everything is quiet and silent, but the summer breeze blows on my sleeve. I could smell the fresh scent of flowers on the graves as I walked by. I can see the shadows of loved ones as they run and hide. One stone I see has a skull and crossbones. I guess I'm walking through their home. But in my mind, I'm never alone, and then a child came up to me. He told me a story that was never spoken, He told me he was playing in the road when a car came by and took his soul and he never received a token it made me sad, and my teardrops hit the moss on his broken headstone, then he disappeared. Then my mind was cleared, and the church chimes rang out three times. Now he walks with me by my side; he has nothing else to hide as long as he's by my side. I'm glad he's mine. 

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I walk through the cemetery for exercise everyday and I read the stone some of them have crossbones and skulls. Some are about sailors that died at sea.

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Written on February 20, 2024

Submitted by alanswansea18 on February 20, 2024

Modified by alanswansea18 on February 20, 2024

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  • Symmetry60
    What a beautiful piece. Wow!!! It's funny because in 2001 a woman I'd met online from Queensland Australia flew over to meet me. One of the things we both loved doing was walking through the cemeteries to look at headstones. I love reading them to see the names and to imagine who they were and what their lives were like. This brought me right back to that. Thank you for that. Great read. 
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • asongrophine014
    It's a great point. It made me sad at one point
    LikeReply1 month ago
    • alanswansea18
      Thank you so much for your feedback.
      LikeReply1 month ago
  • alanswansea18
    I walked through the cemetery a lot.
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what a beautiful and touching poem! The imagery and emotions you have captured are truly haunting and evocative. The way you have portrayed the connection between the speaker and the ghostly child is incredibly moving. It's heartwarming to see the bond that has formed between them, even in death. Your words have a deep sense of empathy and compassion, and the overall message of companionship and acceptance is so powerful. Thank you for sharing such a poignant piece of writing. Keep up the great work! 
    LikeReply2 months ago
    • alanswansea18
      Thank you AIDA. I think it's one of my best. A lot of work went into this one
      LikeReply2 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what a beautiful and hauntingly touching poem! The imagery of walking through the cemetery, feeling the summer breeze and smelling the fresh flowers is so vivid and evocative. The revelation of the child's story and the emotional connection that forms between the narrator and the child is so powerful. The idea of having a ghostly friend who walks by your side is both heartwarming and slightly eerie, but ultimately uplifting. The poem really captures the idea that there are unseen forces guiding us and watching over us, even if we may never know them in real life. Thank you for sharing this moving piece of writing! 
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • AIDA
    This poem, 'The friend I never knew', is incredibly moving and beautifully written. The imagery of walking through a cemetery and feeling the presence of spirits around is haunting and evocative. The emotional connection with the child and the sense of companionship that comes out of it is both heartwarming and poignant.

    One suggestion for improvement could be to further expand on the relationship between the protagonist and the child. Delve into their interactions and conversations, perhaps providing more details about the child's story and the impact it has on the protagonist. This can help to deepen the emotional resonance of the poem and create a stronger connection with the reader.

    Overall, this poem is a touching exploration of friendship and connection beyond the physical realm. It captures the beauty of unexpected encounters and the comfort that can come from companionship, even from 'The friend I never knew'. Well done!
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • alanswansea18
    I love to walk in the cemetery for exercise. Sometimes I read the headstones. You would be surprised.
    LikeReply2 months ago


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