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Death of my Friend

Death of my Friend

Found was the key to heaven's door
this pain I can bear no more
The shadows that eat my long nights
the guilt of that deadly fight

Ages ago tragedy came sailing in
took the life of you my friend
A drunken party that went so wrong
our lives becoming a sad song

I begged you to not dare drive
if you done so you'd be alive
My guilt in not forcing you back
you car hit on that train track

Death came instantly to my friend
for me pain that will never end
I backed down when you hit me then
your funeral I'd not had to attend

You that always got your own way
should have never died that sad day
Now I see your fate was meant to be
you died young, a soul early set free!

Robert Lindley

note: Death of my friend. I tried to stop him 
but not hard enough.Too drunk to safely drive but 
when so young we thought we were ten feet tall and 
bullet proof! 
Maybe we were but just not speeding train proof..
Rather than knock him out I let him go. 
Car was hit by a train and death was immediate..
Twenty-one is too young to go..



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  1. Date: 9/20/2014 1:42:00 AM

    This is a really sad piece, drenched with heartache, but, please know, it wasn't your fault. Freewill isn't controled by God nor can it be by man.... I felt compelled to say that. I hope you know it came from a genuine caring place.
  1. Date: 9/19/2014 10:16:00 PM

    Beautiful and touching poem Robert, sad to see a life taken for no reason.
  1. Date: 9/19/2014 8:18:00 PM

    deep sad touching very beautiful penned piece god bless them all who have suffered in this
  1. Date: 9/19/2014 6:00:00 PM

    Robert, this is a sad poem, :( I'm very moved, knowing how much your friend meant to you. It's hard watching someone take life for granted.. Thank you for sharing...LINDA
  1. Date: 9/19/2014 6:42:00 AM

    Well written, and very sad song you sang here Robert. Drop the guilt my friend, turn it into remorse. Guilt is pointless, remorse is beautiful. In the end it is down to destiny. Enjoyed this one, my friend....peter
  1. Date: 9/19/2014 1:47:00 AM

    yes, we hear about such cases almost everyday. Touchy and sad tribute to your friend, Robert
  1. Date: 9/19/2014 12:18:00 AM

    Oh how do I really feel the pain you are feeling. I had lost a dear beloved sister many years ago and sometimes the pain never goes away. Especially if you were or I mean real close... Take care and God Bless you Robert in your times of need... hugs Eve