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Untitled (please take a moment for this and a moment for prayer)

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hoot_owl_rn
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0 posted 12-08-1999 09:07 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Seven years
and hundreds of memories ago,
we began to work together.
Like two ships,
we passed in all those endless nights,
drawn together in the quest
to drive away death
from this, the world of new life.

It seems like yesterday,
but six years have passed
since the day that I,
tears streaming down my face,
worked beside you,
always the professional,
trying to breath life
into that tiny, still body.
Two hours we worked,
before life finally succumbed to death
and you caught my tears
on your shoulder
in a friendly embrace.

We talked,
just two nights ago,
as I caught you,
whistling down the hall
on your rounds.
Never could I have guessed
I would never see you again.

You worked
with an entire building of professionals
all taught to recognize these things,
taught to look for the signs...
Yet not a single person knew
until last night;
when instead of driving to work,
you were driven
to the morgue.

~I'll miss you Ed
(It is with a heavy heart and tears in my eyes that I post this. The repiratory therapist on my shift, a talented professional, caring person and friend, hung himself last night. I had talked to him only the night before, never picked up on anything as did no one else. He was in his early 40's and leaves behind a wife and two school aged children. I ask that you just take a moment to pray for those he left behind...thank you.  Ruth)


 "When you come to the edge of the light which is all you know. And are about to step off into the darkness that is unknown...Faith is knowing one of two things will happen...there will be something to stand on...or you will learn how to fly." -Unknown

Dear God...please give me wings!


© Copyright 1999 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
RainbowGirl
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1 posted 12-08-1999 09:12 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Oh Ruth...I hate the way we lose so many people and we're so powerless to prevent it..

Wish I could hug you

 Yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream...

First__Knight
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2 posted 12-08-1999 09:15 AM       View Profile for First__Knight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for First__Knight

My heart weeps at your loss....and the loss to his family.  I truely am sorry    God Bless you Ruth

 Share what you are for you are what you share

JTF
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3 posted 12-08-1999 09:18 AM       View Profile for JTF   Email JTF   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for JTF

... a hug for you hoot and my prayers for his wife and children

Only when you drink form the river of silence shall you indeed sing.

And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

K. Gibran
Betty Gravitt
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4 posted 12-08-1999 09:42 AM       View Profile for Betty Gravitt   Email Betty Gravitt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Betty Gravitt

Death is so hard, but when it comes this way it is worse. I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers are for you, and the family he leaves behind. Special "HUGS" coming your way.

 B Gravitt


Pepper
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5 posted 12-08-1999 09:44 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

My heart goes out to you Ruth...
My prayers for the family left behind.
suthern
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6 posted 12-08-1999 10:01 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

It's one of those sad facts of life that so many people take their lives during the holidays... maybe it's the contrast between the happiness they see everywhere and the despair in their own hearts.... Whatever the reason, their escape from their hell leaves a hell of grief and wondering for those left behind. My heart goes out to you, Ruth... but don't torture yourself asking why you didn't see the signs... people wear their masks so well. His family and co-workers will be in my prayers.
PhaerieChild
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7 posted 12-08-1999 10:26 AM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

Ruth my prayers go out to you and to all the people that this man touched with his life especially his wife and children. It is a terrible loss.

 If you love me like music, I'll be your song.
~Heart~ Dreamboat Annie

Shawna R. Holder
Boise, Idaho


jbouder
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8 posted 12-08-1999 10:33 AM       View Profile for jbouder   Email jbouder   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jbouder

My sincerest condolences,  Ruth.  I am sorry you are having to through with this.  My prayers, too, are with you.

 Jim

"If I rest, I rust." -Martin Luther


paperguardian
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9 posted 12-08-1999 10:44 AM       View Profile for paperguardian   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for paperguardian

  May God be with all those who he has touched.  My prayers are with you and his family.  Your poem brings the love and sadness to heart.
PhaerieChild
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10 posted 12-08-1999 10:45 AM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

Ruth my prayers go out to you and to all the people that this man touched with his life especially his wife and children. It is a terrible loss.

 If you love me like music, I'll be your song.
~Heart~ Dreamboat Annie

Shawna R. Holder
Boise, Idaho


miriam
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11 posted 12-08-1999 02:36 PM       View Profile for miriam   Email miriam   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for miriam

I can't offer anything different than what everyone else is offering.  I'm a strong believer in prayer and I will pray for you and his family. Keep your chin up dear...everything happens for a reason...don't forget that.  My heart goes out to you.
Severn
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12 posted 12-08-1999 02:49 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

Hon - thoughts are with you, and for his family.
K
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13 posted 12-08-1999 02:59 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

I can only add my prayers to the others. What can drive a man to leave behind a wife and children? I suppose we'll never know. They are the true victims. My thoughts will be for them.
Lost Dreamer
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14 posted 12-08-1999 04:38 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Ruth, {{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}So sorry, my prayers go out to all hiw friends and family.
Isis
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15 posted 12-08-1999 05:11 PM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

Ruth hon, I'm so sorry you had to lose a friend this way.  Even sorrier for his family.  My prayers are for you all.  ((HUGS)) Ruth.
A lovely tribute for him.  Please email or icq if you need to talk hon..  I had a neighbour who committed suicide a couple of years ago, know all the feelings and questions.

 The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there IS to celebrate.
~Isis~
(Daughter of Mystery)

Andrew Scott
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16 posted 12-08-1999 05:35 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

My Lady Hoot... I can't imagine the desperation that leads one to such an act.  I think of my own wife and daughters and how such a selfish act would leave them in so much pain.  Truly beyond my comprehension. I'm sorry for their loss, as well as your own. May you all find the strength to cope and move beyond this sad time. My best to you and yours.
WhtDove
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since 07-22-99
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17 posted 12-08-1999 06:00 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

  Ruth you know I'll pray for them and you too.  I'm really sorry to hear that.  It seems to hit home a little to close when you have just spoke with them.
Sally S.
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18 posted 12-08-1999 06:13 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

What a tragedy...I'm very sorry to hear this.  Ruth, please add me to the list of prayers given.  I will keep the family in my thoughts as well as you, my dear.  God bless.
Poet deVine
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19 posted 12-08-1999 06:48 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Please convey my deepest sympathy to this man's family, to you and to all the people at the hospital whose lives he touched. It's sad but this time of the year is the most active for suicides. People are trying to do too much, have too many debts and at the 'end' of a year, they are distressed about not achieving more or being a better person.

Please don't feel bad that you didn't see this coming. We cannot usually tell! All we can do is be kind and loving with everyone who comes in our path. Be forgiving and understanding and be available if someone wants to talk (gee, that does describe you Ruth!).
Tara Simms
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20 posted 12-08-1999 07:12 PM       View Profile for Tara Simms   Email Tara Simms   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tara Simms's Home Page   View IP for Tara Simms

Ruth, my heart goes out to his family and friends.  By your poem, I can tell he will be missed.

 It matters not how strait the gate;
How charged with punishments the scroll;
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
--W.E. Henley


poetFemmeFatale
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21 posted 12-08-1999 07:25 PM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Ruth, you are in my thoughts as well as his family...this is so sad...PdV said it best...I do believe people get overwhelmed around the holidays...and the end of another year.  I too have at times felt I've failed at what I had set out to do for the year...sometimes we just set our goals too high.  It's a shame really...You are in my prayers, as is his family.  Thank you for sharing...I know it was hard.

 - - - If I can just touch you once, then I feel I have accomplished what I am called to do...- - pFF

Marilyn
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22 posted 12-08-1999 07:51 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

My prayers go out to the family my friend. My heart goes out to you! Understand that there was nothing that you could have done to stop this. No one is at fault but the one that committed the act. I will hold up you and the family in my thoughts and my prayers.

(((((HUG)))))
Marge Tindal
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23 posted 12-08-1999 08:10 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Hoot -  
I sympathize with your feelings of loss.  
I agonize for his wife.  
I cry for his children.  
I pray for his soul.
The masks worn often do not reveal
the desperate storms churning inside.
Love and comfort to you and his family.


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
noles1@totcon.com
hoot_owl_rn
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24 posted 12-08-1999 08:34 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Thank you everyone for your prayers. I am sure his family will appreciate them as much as I do. He was a kind caring man who always had a good word to say. I remember working side by side many a long night with him fighting for babies lives. He was a talented professional who knew his job well and a good friend. I will miss him.
 
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