A young man of 39, a friend of two of my children, hung himself. His funeral was today. I've known him since he was in the 5th grade with my oldest son. They were best buddies. It has been very hard for all involved. It hits close to home.

For Zach--39 Years And You're Gone

Zachary, I couldn't come see you today

I'll just keep your picture in my heart

The thought of you in that wooden box

Is just too much pain and it hurts too deep

So sleep and rest your troubled soul, young man


I'll remember your bright sparkling blue eyes dancing

Your blond hair cut short and spiked

Those pretty white teeth and your cunning smile

Letting the world know your mischievous mind was functioning on high

While your tender heart was concerned about your family


Zach, I wish you hadn't taken your life

But dear one, I know that sometimes life can be too tough


Addiction is a disease of body, mind, and spirit

It is a devourer of humanity 

Oh, my dearest boy, I've known you since you were ten years old

And I hoped that you'd overcome that awful curse


These tears are for you and your wife and your little girl

Life without you will never be the same for them and this world.


Thirty-nine years and you're gone. 



Poetry by Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2017-08-15 at 00:36

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Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
So sad. This must have been so hard for you to write. It reads like you are still in a bit of shock. Maybe you are. I am so sorry for the loss.

Kathy, what a beautiful and compassionate tribute to this poor troubled soul. It's so sad that someone with seemingly so much to live for, couldn't find a way to stay in this so difficult world. I feel for his family and friends like you. So very sad!

Rob Graber
Such a tender tribute. Sorry for your loss. And for ours: a loss of each is a loss for us all.

So sad, Kathy. And the boy
so young to die.

ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
Bravo, Kathy. For some:
life has no reason, no rhyme
for those - hold out our hand
hold them in theire grip
they let goe - leaving us
we cry saying '' oh why! '' '' Oh why! ''
we are not to blame - we did our best
they decided to lt goe of our hand
life for some is way to hard - to goe on
we can only do our best to help
we have not faild them - life it self faild them

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
I'm so sorry, Kathy. This is the saddest face of life's struggle.

My condolences, and hard as must have been to write, thank you for sharing your thoughts,


Thank you for sharing Kathy, it's so sad that life is so troubled for some. Hold on to the good days.

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
A terrible story, a graceful tribute. Too many people have to face these situations now.