“It Didn’t Happen” by Ian Ayres

Carnie Dad of Ian Ayres

Carnie Dad of Ian Ayres

Never happened
No, the ones you love
Stay forever
Yes, love is
Forever
Even when you hide
Even when you forget
How much you love
Someone
You believe
They’ll stay
Forever
Then they’re gone
No, it didn’t happen
Yes, you are
Forever
Because love is
Forever
And you visit
So vivid
In dreams
Where we try
To say
It didn’t happen
You didn’t
Die
Because we didn’t
Know
How much we
Love you
We love you
We miss you
We want you
To stay
To be
Yet
In dreams
You visit
And I know
Words
You spoke
Words
You wrote
Words
So alive
In my mind
Unable
To awake
To your wake
To your —
Gone
No
Wait for me
Missing
You
I believe
You’ll be there
Waiting
I didn’t know
How much
I love you
Now
It’s a struggle
Doing time
Until
The until
Beyond
Our limited
Perceptions

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3 thoughts on ““It Didn’t Happen” by Ian Ayres

  1. Nice poem! We all struggle to understand loss, to cope with it any way we can.

  2. A dear friend of mine whom I’ve adopted as a little sister has lost her mother. It reminds me very much of the way she probably feels.

  3. Good poem. As someone who’s lost both his parents, I could relate.

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