Your beauty kindled envious green flames
You were the wanted, and I was stunned and shamed
but the laughter, in writing was infectious
and something like a friendship born
Troubled and hopeful, youth cased in wisdom
Too much spirit to be held by a mere human form.
One day, one pill, one phone call
That spirit exploded and touched across the miles
Drawing strangers in flesh but friend in words
To the place where you lay
I wept tears for the broken
As your pedestal crumbled
Crushing the spirits of those who worshipped at your feet
Falling into madness and bottles and nothingness.
Four years, holding a vigil to your silent photograph
We left messages, until the day you became a Cause.
They took your face.
They took your voice and spoke for you.
Strangers, and I could look no more.
Copyright 2011 Andrea Lyn Cole