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Why Canít They Stay?

Three years today since you went away,
Yet it only seems like yesterday
That I held your hand and said good-bye.
Oh Daddy, why did you have to die?

And yesterday was thirty-eight 
Years since ďMomĒ had her own date
With death, oh so long ago . . .
Why does everyone I love have to go
Away?
Why canít they stay
Awhile?
At least until I find my smile
Again?

And now Iíve lost two cherished friends
To miscommunication, no chance for amends,
And I donít even know what I did wrong,
Or why I must always sing sorrowís song.

How many times can cruel words be spoken,
How many times can one heart be broken
Before it no longer can be mended,
Before the spark of life is ended?

Why does everyone I love have to go
Away?
Why canít they stay
A little longer,
Just until Iím feeling stronger?

I miss you Daddy, I miss you ďMom,Ē
Perhaps Iíll be with you before too long
For there is nothing left here for me
And my spirit longs so to be free.

I tried so hard, I came so far,
I thought Iíd healed most every scar,
I almost made it, I tried to be strong,
But this world is not where I belong.

Thereís just one thing I long to know:
Why does everyone I love have to go
Away?
Why canít they stay?
Why canít they stay?

~ © Linda E. Newman  ~
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