Where Did You Go?

by Larry Chamberlin   Jan 19, 2016

Where did you go,
that you could not find
your way out and live
in the sunlight of my love?

How could you have ever
gotten somewhere so lonely
that you could not feel me
standing by your side?

When was it you slipped
down that deadly spiral
so steep you could not climb
back to my sheltering arms?

Why did I not know
you were in such pain
that you could not even
touch my hand for strength?

What has God wrought
for this mortal sufferer
that he deems her loss
part of life's goodness?

Who am I that I still breathe
air that no longer fills
your spirit and cannot
give you sustentation?

How long will it be
before I, too, take release
from between my right
temple and forever?


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  • 4 years ago

    by Maple Tree

    Judging comment

    The sadness of this poem and the heart staking pain that a parent of a loved one can feel at such a moment is touched by true measure in this poem... very powerful!

  • 4 years ago

    by silvershoes

    Larry, I had a friend who committed suicide at the end of high school. Her family headed to a townfair together, but she chose to stay home. When they returned, she had hanged herself. This was more than a decade ago. Your poem brings all of the memories and feelings back, and it reminds me of the endless suffering I know her dad still deals with everyday.
    Heartbreakingly sad. Beautiful writing. I am so sorry if this poem is about someone in particular.

    • 4 years ago

      by Larry Chamberlin

      I am glad the poem touched you, Jane. Yes, it is about someone it has taken my ages to deal with. Thank you.

  • 4 years ago

    by Baby Rainbow

    This piece is very touching Sir Larry, and I can relate very much to the place inside the poem. People get themselves into such darkness, that no matter how much light is offered to them, or love, they just cannot feel it or see it, it feels impossible to reach out for anything, no matter how close it may appear to be.

    Your questions throughout the poem are so innocent, they don't seem filled with anger towards anyone, more guilty that you could not stop pain from growing.

    I do think the term depression is often over-used, but then in real cases of it, I do believe it is unfortunately under-appreciated. It is not simple to explain it, nor escape it, hence, so many tragic stories like the one we read in your work here.

    Thank you for writing and sharing this piece.
    Very touching work, bringing reality to life.

  • 4 years ago

    by Cindy

    Larry congratulations on your win...What a wonderful piece.
    Take care

  • 4 years ago

    by Meena Krish

    This is like a plaque which has consumed numerous lives and no matter how much we try to reach out to help, that person must be able to see it, willing to take that help but there are those moments that person cannot just reach out or feels like a failure if he/she does so...your pained voice is felt within this read...take care.

    Congrats on the win..

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