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I wrote this poem when I was 11, for my best friend, Eric, who was killed by a log truck when we were both 10 years old. Even though he's gone, he still lives in my heart and my mind. I know I'll see him again someday, so I just have to keep living my life to the fullest.

Eric

It was a cold, windy October day,
when you died and left my world so gray.
I can still remember your last screams
and the glistening tears falling from your eyes.
I told you not to ride in the street,
but you never thought it was your end you would meet.
We saw the truck, but it was too late,
I shut my eyes to block out your fate.
I heard a thud, and then your scream,
and I prayed to God it was only a dream.
A few days later, you were put in the ground,
and I became quiet, never making a sound.
Sometimes I can't believe you're really gone,
you always swore you'd never leave me alone.
When I see all them other girls with their guys,
I feel the warm tears slide from my eyes.
If you were here, I know what I'd do,
I'd stay by your side and always be true.
I wish I could have you 'til the end of time,
but even though you're gone, you'll be forever mine.
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125 Visitor Comments

kanya
i am 13 years old. when i was in the 3 grade my best friend died i know how you fill you did the right thing to you told him to get out of the street but rember it came fast so he did not fill it i cryed at your poem you have a good talet you should wright more all i have to say is WOW W OW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW SIGH KANYA COFFMAN
Stephanie
This poem was really sad and touching it reminded me of a friend of mine i lost a long time ago. Any ways great poem you are really good at writing poems keep up the good work.
marcellis
i'm so move by this poem.
Brittany
This was great. I actually was crying. I'm so sorry for what happened. I wish you luck in the future. *Hugs*
Samantha
i love this poem it is so sad and it makes me feel like someome uderstands me. so i give it a 10!
ayo
This poemz Great. With teas down my eyes, i lost my friend whu will be 21 in october. similar in a car crash yesterday on the A13. i wish he never went for the club party. if i could have a minuite to stop him, i would have!. hez ma boy and hiz memories will ever remain here wit me!. r. i. p ALFRED FIELD. Nuff Love hommie. AYO
gemma
this is the best poem i have ever read i have it in my book of poems and all my friends was about to cry it is very heart worming
Ceci
wow i loved it. i dont kno how it feels to loose a friend to death but to just loose a best friend as a best friend. i can only imagine what u r goin through right now. u r a good writter. it made me wanna cry and i dont even kno how it feels like. nice!. much love -Ceci
Trang
I'm really sorry to hear what happen to your friend, I know it's killing you inside, because I lost a very good, close, loving friend of mine last year July 16, 2005, that's my birthday. I was there when he left me that day and I felt useless, a bad friend to him, because I could'nt keep an eye on him. he drowned. I don't know what to say. "sorry"
pilar ann
. cheer up. he will forever be yours. how i wish i'll find someone like you who. will cry over my death. dont care if its fake tears. as long as someone cried. im off. i'll be at rest
mel
THIS IS A WONDERFUL POEM, IM 13 YEARS OLD AND HAVE LOST SO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS AMOUT OF TIME THAT ARE DEAREST TO ME. OF ALL THE POEMS I HAVE READ SO FAR, THIS ON IS THE ONE THAT MADE ME CRY. I DONT REALY THIS A POEM HAS TO MAKE YOU CRY TO BE A GOOD ONE. I JUST FOUND THIS ONE. TOUCHING. IT EXPLAINS THINGS SO PLAINLY BUT I CAN REALATE TO IT TOTTALY. KEEP UP THE GREAT POEMS. -MELISSA S.
May
this poem crated vivid images in my head
Tessa
I lost my best friend Eric too. to an accidental shooting. we were only 13. I miss him so much
senem
this poem brought tears to my eyes??it gave me goosebumps and i think it was fantastic??i could actually feel the pain your were going through while writin this poem i cold feel it from haart!
B
ur poem brought tears to my eyes. i recently had a good friend pass away. unfortunatly same circumstances. it brought bak soo many memories for me. i hope u dnt mind but i shared it with some of my friends. keep writing ur great.
Krista
This really touched my heart. When I was 10 years old my brother Eric,who was my best friend died in a truck accident.
Sara
The first time i saw your poem my friend and i were talking about my crush, Eric. So we both thought it was a coincidence but after reading your poem me and my friend relized it was just what we needed. You see, we were doing a project on the word somber, and we needed a paragraph or some sort of writing that displayed the meaning of the word and your poem, along with three others, worked perfectly for the job. After reading your poem, the whole class sat silent in shock. Your poem was so moving! I'm so sorry you had to go through that. Not many people have felt that kind of loss before. I also love to write, not poems but storys and I know that the best way to display feeling is through words. I think you could go very far with your writing. Keep going!
genevieve
heya, while i'm writing this, i'm crying for you, i can totally relate to this. 8people i have knwon have died in car crashes in the last 3years, and another 3of my friends nearly lost their lives 3weeks ago,your poem tuched me in so many ways i pray for you and my friends who are waiting up in heaven for me
theresa
I really enjoyed this poem because i can relate to it because I just recently lost my best friend and I am trying so hard to deal with it and still put one foot forward. and her nickname was "ally". How ironic is that?
christina
This poems is wonderful It really touched me bacause I know it came from the heart
Pamela
i loved it because i have had something like that happen to me.
Dayna
This poem moved me in ways that i cannot describe. To many thoughts are going threw my head so many feeling swallowing my heart when i read this poem.
chloe
this is a very touching poem; you captured the moment perfectly in time.
jannie
your not the only one who lost eric many did Ali not to mention Matt. we can NEVER forget, thats hope that we will one day be reunited.
angie
this poem brang tears to my eyes the minute i read it. i lost a best pal that was named eric.
Mike
What a beautiful poem, I never lost a friend as a child, but read your poem hoping to understand the implications of such a loss, how it would impact a child so young. Through the simple elegance of your young words, I feel I know have a better understanding. Thank you for sharing. -Mike
Katie
this poem touched me soo deeply. i started crying about half way through. i could not imagine going through what you did. especially at 11 years old. this poem is incredible. keep writting. kadie
Jen
omg. that was the most moving poem I have ever read! I loved it! I am soo sorry too! I lost a friend too. She was 18 years old. I was going online to look at the carepage for her my parents told me I balled my eyes out! They were soo puffy and red! I will never ever forget her! She was my special angel from god! She was my best friend! I seriously dont know what to do with out her! May Carolynn rest in peace! R. I. P
Ellen
Wow. That was really touching, it actually made me cry. Keep writing, you're a great poet.
alli
Oh my gosh! this is the best poem i have ever read! it definatly freaked me out my best friends name is eric, but i mean hes ok and hes not sick. but we got into a HUGE fight. now i see it was stupid. thank you. this totally touched me!
Victoria
Ali. I'm very touched by your poem. Ironically your situation is very similar to mine, I lost my uncle to an automobile accident also. His name was Eric also. So when I started reading your poem, I felt a connection between your situation and mine. It was a really great poem, thank you for sharing it with the world.
Anne-Marie
This was the poem I chose for a dance assessment which demonstrated many emotions which I found very inspiring. Thankyou Ali
kassey
i kno how it feels to lose someone close to me
melanie
i really loved your story i started to cry because you made me feel like i was there living it you made the story seem so real, and thats a good thing.
Danielle
This is a sweet and sad poem that's very touching
Stephanie
I wish you all the best
unknown
Hey that is a very touching poem. It brought tears 2 my eyes. I lost one of my best friends a little more than 6 months ago 2-29-04. Some guy that was on drugs hit her head on about 1/2 mile from her house. I love you and miss you S00000 much Sara Jane, I know ill c ya n heaven b4 2 long i cant wait 2 hear you say my name again!
taylor
wow that is amazing you are truly an amazing person. i am sorry for the loss of what sounds like a great person. God be with you always
Emma
A nice poem. Made me look back to loosing my best pal jo a couple of moths ago who was also run over. Well written an it took me back for which i thank you again.
misty
this poem was very sad and i cried. and yeah thats it
sara
when i read this poem it brought tears to my eyes, when i was 11 my best friend was killed by a drunk driver in a very tragic accident, thanx and i could totally relate
Tiffany
i love it . i miss him to
karen
Your poem really touched me. Its really great!
sara
I love this poem it made me cry!
Lani
This poem is good. It made me cry alot when I read your poem. It reminded me of me I lost my boyfriend. And it is short of alike cuz when I see girls with other guys I feel like well you know. Well I really love your poem. Bye!
christopher
this poem was really sad when u say that your friend died in a car crash and u really liked him. i for one thing am really sorry u lost him in a car crash.
michelle
When I read the title I had to read it as it instantly reminded me of last April 28th 2003 when my 12 yr old son Had to witness his best friend being killed by a via rail train and just barely making it off himself. I can remember that day so clear. I remember the phone call I got I remember the sreaming of my son and everything else that day and still. I read it because really I do not know what it is that my son feels still, I know he is not the same to this day. I read it to see if I was able to get an insite of how another person in the same age catagory dealt with a trauma of the loss of a friend!you've sure touched my heart, and my thoughts are with you. Michelle
CHAS
I LOST MY BEST FRIEND ASHLEY NOT TO LONG AGO, AND I KNOW WHERE YOUR COMING FROM. I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW YOUR POEM TOUCHED ME IN A VERY SPECIAL WAY
Rose
This poem really touched me. She must have lost something great. I loved this poem and hope she continues to write.
Chad
This was a beautiful poem. I have a friend named Eric who nearly died in a car accident a while ago. Your a sweet girl and God Bless You!
JaNae
Ali I really really really liked your poem. My best friend died almost a year ago in an ATV accident. Your poem meant alot. keep up the good work!
kelley
this poem made me cry so bad my head hurt because my friend died halloween night from a gun shot and the last time i seen him was after our senior night football game were both freshman and he died before i got to tell him i truely loved him and wanted to be with him he died 23 days before his 15th b-day i miss him so much I LOVE YOU JORDIE!
elizabeth
this poem touched me and made me relize that you dont know what you got intill its gone it made me relize that my best friend amy is my angel and my soul mate
Terri
That poem was awesome! Good job! i am really sorry about eric. but at least he is still with you even if you cant see him! anyways great job on the poem! it was sad but very well done
Ameera
Your poem touch my heart, with my tear in my eyes, May Allah Bless You!
Brennon
Wow! This poem had tears streaming down my face. I can relate to this poem because just 3 weeks ago my best friend was in a car accident he was hit head on by a drunk driver and I was in the car in back of him. He died in my arms that night so I can relate to this poem. Keep your head high and keep writing those poems sounds like you have a lot of talent.
Kristi
I really loved your poem. It made me cry.
Kristi
This poem made me cry. I lost a very good friend Sep. 23, 2003. He was riding to school and collapsed off his bike. Autopsy showed he had an enlarged heart and nobody knew it. I miss him so much. Somedays I just can't go on. The worst part of all he was only 18. He would have been the first to graduated in his family had he not died. You are a great poet keep it up
Brittany
Hey that is a really good poem. very sad but really good. Im sorry about you lose of Eric I bet he was a good kid but I think god needed him even though he wasnt prepard for it.
kayla
This is a great poem. very sad. i loved it. im real sorry about the loss.
Diana
I was deeply touched when I read your peom. Itt made me feel like I wasn't alone. I lost my mother Nov. 21, 2002 and I still can remeber how it felt to wacth her die. I can relate to you in a way and thank you. I hope I never have to loss my friend but if I ever do I think of you. I'm only 15 but I, like you, had to experiace death on such a personal level it hurts. I'm sorry for your loss.
Ashlie
when i was 13 me and my friend Aaron were riding our bikes and a drunk truck driver hit and killed him. This poem touched my heart so much i started to cry. it reminded me of him so much and your writing has really helped.
Emily
Such a sad poem ali, but its great how uve wrote it, its left a tear in my eye! u obviously feel a bad loss for your loved one, and writing poetry as good as this one will allways help. Keep doing what u do here ali, ull be big someday.
Ashley
While reading these poems, none seemed to touch me as much as this one did. This past summer I lost a good friend of mine due to a drunk driving accident, so in other words I have an idea of where you are comming from, I thought I would let you know that your poem meant a lot. Thank you for sharing it with us. IN LOVING MEMORY DANIEL
Kim
I loved the poem it was very touching.
tabi
hey i really loved this poem i was crying 4 ever because it must be so hard to loose a friend n im so sorry! n i wish u the best of luck in the futre!
Katie
The rest of my school and I lost someone very important to us in a car accident about a year ago some were much closer to him then I but my best friend was his g/f and she was the one driving so this poem is probly perfect for her more then me but it still brings tears to my eyes thinking about what happened that cold November night.
lisa
i was really touched. i lost my best friend 3 years ago. so i feel with you. but just like u said in your poem. he'll be forever your's. just like my friend he will be forever mine. smile. is people like you helping us thru rough time's. so keep your head up high and keep tellin the world how much he ment to u. vice versa
janine
it was very sad but its good that u can let your feelings out this way i am really sorry for your loss god bless
brien
this poem is just how it is i lost my friend named ERIC just in the last two months sorry man
amy
this poem is very good, but very sad! -sry bout the loss!
Staci
I thought your poem was great. in caught my eye because my brother ERIC just passed away as a result of a car reck. He was only 19. your poem really ment alot to me. and i wish you the best.
chris
This is a GREAT poem! It showed your feelings and made it seem like I was really there with you! I'm sorry bout the lost of your friend and can't imagine what pain you have felt! MAY GOD BLESS!
Rose
Very Touching.
JOsh
That poem really touched me i would like share that poem with my english class i'm sure they'll appreciated too
JuLie
Hi there, you're really talented. i love your poetry. i cried when i read it because i have lost my bestfriend who died last week 27th March 2002, and yesterday, my beloved cousin who was supposed to get married this sunday died in a terrible car accident. His car exploded and he left a pregnant fiancee. i wasn't really close to him anymore since we moved to a new home. but to lose him bring great sadness to me and my family. and as for my bestfriend, a friend who was always there for me, to give me a shoulder to cry too. i wish they can hear me and i wish they know, that i do love them and im sorry i wasnt there to say goodbye.
Mandy
I know how you feel yesterday while I was in school I found out my best friend commited suicide. I began to cry reading your poem. You have alot of talent and alot of heart. keep writing!
Amy
I loved your poem. it was very sad and inpiring at the same time! your poetry made me want to become a poetry writer. Now I stay up on nights when I have free time and write for hours i've never told any one that. well I just thought you might want to know that. *Eric* is my all time favorite poem from you i hope you keep writing and come up with lots more poems for me to read P. S. thanks for being such an inspiration to me.
court
that was so sad but very good! when my dad was 6 years old he was riding on the road with his friend when a semi run over his friend! My dad still has nightmares from seeing his mate die
Bryanna
Great poem it made me cry! Thanx for sharing that with us. My condolences
nery
it was sad. and i can really relate to that!
shanta
I don't to say about this poems . I am sorry that your friend die.
April
Oh my lord. That made me cry, Because I thought about what happened if that happened to my bf.. Im so sorry.
Marylou
OhmyG.im crying how sad ..im so sorry that happend to you.i know i didnt know you or ur frind but that was really nice and sweet..i guess im crying cuzz im imagining if that were to happen to me..thats such a deep poem
marlanea
this poem really touched me deep inside i am only 12 years old..and i have a cousin who rode in the street and got hit by a 18 wheeler she is in a coma! and never will be release so i kno how you feel all the sorrow and pain and i kno it can take ur life away..i wanted you to kno i love you dearly that this poem took my breathe away oh so clearly
Eric
That poem really is very sad I had tears in my eyes when I read that. I read it to my family and they got mad at me for reading such a sad, depressing poem.
Jodi
This is really good. Alot of emotion behind it. I too lost a best friend, mine at the age of 12. I too saw it happen. It has been 6 years, I have discovered it is not something you over come. Good Luck!
Jamie
THIS POEM JUST BROKE MY HEART. I CAN FEEL YOUR PAIN. YOU ARE A VERY TALENTED WRITER. I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU WERE ONLY 11 WHEN YOU WROTE IT. I'M VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.
Erika
I love this piece, it reminds me of a friend I've lost as well.
Leann
I'm sorry for what happend.I had lost three of my closesed family meambers that i loved greatly.I think this poem was a great poem I never forgot it from the first day i read it.
aleen
this was really sad and touching and it cryed and i kinda no how you feel about this hole thing
Danielle
I really like this poem. it is soo ture!because i would want all my friends to know that whenever they need me or nething i will always be there for thenm. and i want them to know that i will listen to them, and here what they have to say!
Skye
i am sorry about your friend you write very good poems a sad poem brought tears to my eyes
Yasmin
that was a really great poem.im sorry to hear about your loved one that died though.i cant wait to read more
jarrod
I have been looking for poems that were easy to understand and that really moved me and made me think and yours did that and I would just like to say, great job.
Darla
wonderful and sad well written poem. Loved it! Keep writing!
stephanie
i can kind of relate to you. one of my really close friend's sister died a few months ago in a car accident. she was only 15. everyone loved her so much. i didn't know her that good because i had just met my friend that year but she was the most amazing person i have ever met. i will never forget her
amanda_74036
i really liked this poem that same thing happened to me.me and my friend both saw the death of our best friend die. it was my friends older brother. he was our best friend and we witnessed his death. i know it hurt more to her cause it was her brother but it hurt me to cause he was always there he was the kind of guy you could call and no matter where he was he would be there in a flash.i know how you feel but it helps if you just remember the goods times you had together.
jasma
This poem was very beautiful. You deserve an award!
Ella
I was really toched by this poem. Sorry about the loss of your friend .
Brittney
this poem made my eyes water im sorry if that helps any?
Amy
This poem is really sweet and great! It is defintely one that i would recommend to read!
TONYA
i REALLY LIKES YOUR POEM I COULD RELATE AND I'M REALLY SORRY
Felicia
This poem was really sad. It brought several tears to my eyes. I can't imagine going through that.
BLANCA
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT ERIC. THAT POEM HAD A VERY STRONG MEANINGS & I KNOW U DID A GREAT JOB.
shaleena
i really understand your poem and i sent it to a friend because she just lost some one....and i think i will help her thank you so much...
sarah
This poem is so sad..it made me cry when i was reading it..its a great poem..you should make more
Gitte
Your poem almost made me cry. It brought up so many emotions...My best friend was also killed in a trafic accident, by a truck...on her birthday. I know how you feel...you're always welcome to e-mail me to talk or what you might want to...gittehc@hotmail.com Awesome poem.
hope
I loved this poem because i can relate to it and i know the way that this girl feels.
sherry
inspiring
Becca
That's a very sad poem, and I'm deeply sorry. It was also a well written poem.
amanda
i lost a best friend almost the same way.she was hit by a car & i saw the whole thing.this poem made me relise that i am not the only one goin throught this pain & hurt.thank you & i know how you feel
Irene
I liked this poem very much. I felt like I was riding through it. It took me where Ali wanted it to.
Ebonie
It is sad
Jena
I really like this poem because one of my good friends have died so I kinda know how they feel.
tamara
awsome poem!!!!!!!
Rhonda
This is a very interested poem, ALI you must have lost a once in a lifetime "Dear Friend", I'm sorry Ali. Rhonda age 34 Missouri
Bri
one of my best friends just commited suicide, I know what your going through, & it hurts. You have to live your life to the fullest, for yourself and them. The poem was Awesome!
stephanie
It was sad
Matt
I really like this poem. I lost my best friend in a car accident last May. I thought of him as the big brother I never had. But one thing I regret today is not telling him how I felt about him. Not telling him that I thought of him as my big brother. Now he will never know. I wish I could write a poem about how I feel about him, but I don't know how to write poetry.
kayla
i can relate
lisa
i really enjoyed reading your poem. it had alot of thought and morse put into it. your a great writer.
Bill
I think your poem was great, it touched my heart,and warmed it up. it has been so cold since i lost my ex-girlfriend in a car accident. i now realized how lucky i was to have a part in such a wonerful life no matter how quickly it ended. thanx for the warmth
Atlanta
It was really sweat and touching!
winter
i'm sorry about your friend i lost one of my best friends because of a gun so i understand what you are going through well maybe we can talk to each other.

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