she is... I mean... was my age,
a high school classmate,
a band friend
and now she's dead.
He was in the Presbyterian Student Group in college with me.
He had a great voice, an infectious laugh.
While we were never close,
I have followed his career becoming an actor.
I looked forward to his posts on Facebook.
Now his voice is silenced in death.
Today news of another classmate.
I am not ready to lose another one.
Mind you we were not good friends,
but I remember him.
Each classmate's death this week was sudden.
Each reminds me just how fragile life is.
Each one, a mirror showing
my own frailty, my mortality.
I pray for their families...
for parents, children, spouses, friends,
and classmates like me
Left with a void, a silence.
Give comfort; give peace.
Give strength for living in the shadow of death.