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Having a loved one pass away can cause mixed emotions and hurt, but just remember the good times and one day you will join that person again.

Gordon Ansley Kinchen II Nov. 9, 1973-Sept. 14, 1994

Why?

He was young
His life had just begun
All of a sudden it was taken away
I didn't even get to say the things I wanted to say
Only if God could see
How he could of turned out to be
Alcohol was the cause
He was wrong and broke the law
He wasn't the only one to pay
I still cry to this day
He would have been 21 this year
Sometimes I envision him in my mind
As clear as I would in a mirror
I only hope he knows
that no matter where in life I go
I love him so much
I only wish I could feel his touch
Only if God could see
How much he meant to me
Why won't the sorrow disappear?
Why can't I stop shedding the tears?
I never told him how much I cared
or how much I enjoyed the things we shared
All of mind is filled with hate
Because I never told him of my love
and now it's too late
Sometimes I feel he's here
I only wish he didn't drink that beer
For he'd be alive today
and I wouldn't think of reasons "Why?" to say
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84 Visitor Comments

Amanda
that was a good poem. my uncle is an acholic and reading that i know he need help. it is very sad that he died and i hope you will get the love that you need with lots of love There IS HOPE!
kim
I just wanted to let you know out of all the poems I have read today-this one touched me the most. Almost a year to date my cousin died during an Over Dose. He was a great artist in the music industry-very talented in his own right. Unfortunately he was also very sick and never got the help he needed to get cleaned up. As the anniversary of his death comes closer, I think of him more and more.
Abbie
Wow, i love your peom, im 12 and when i was 6 i lost my parents, 9/11, and since then a boy called Jamie was friend with me, and he looked after me, taught me loads, i loved him, he did drugs, as did and do i, i have done drugs since i was 6, and alochol also, i miss him like hell he died a week ago and i read your poem at his funeral, hope you dont mind i did tell people it was by you. I also write poems but i wouldnt ever show people them, you are brave xxx
linda
beautiful poem. Very well written. I to lost someone 3 months ago. My Husband. He passed away with his liver blead from alchohol abuse and drug abuse. i watched him slowly killing himself for 24 years of our marriage, and then i saw him laying on his hospital bed fighting for his life and then that moment came when I saw him take his last breath. all due to addictions inflicted on his body. he knew that sooner or later his addictions would take its toll. Now I am left here still loving him and crying tears every day since his passing, wishing that he would have taken better care of his body. Then we would still be together and seeing the smiles of happiness in our lifes. Thankyou for allowing me to read that touching poem.
sam
this poem really touched me coz my brother currently on the road to death by every thing you dicribed but its nott beer but burbon :(:(:(:(:(
sarah
that waz a very good poem when i read it i stated to cry
Emily
Very good. I like heartfelt poems and thats definatly one of my favourites now.
Samantha
This is a great poam and it really touched me because always feel like I'm going to lose my brother and boyfriend if they don't guit drinking and I have no idea how it could feel but hopefully I never will . Yuo did a great job on this poam
Melissa
this poem really touches me. I have lost 3 friends this year to car accidents, and 2 of them were either drinking or on drugs. And its very hard to quit hurting about it. But your poem is wonderful
Jessica
This poem means so much to me , it has been two years since a family friend of mine was killed in a 4 wheeler accident, i never would have thought that something like this would have ever happened in a small indiana town that we live in but it did. she was 19 and beatuiful and i miss her thanks for the beautiful poem 10
Lisa
I love this poem. I give it a 100% because it says it all. I lost my best friend on the 31st of August 2006. He did something stupid and now I will never get to tell him all the things that I wanted to say. Im still trying to figure out how to go on from here.
teonshay
i love this poem is is so sad but i still thank is it raw
alyssa
I could feel the pain that person is going through in the poem and i am so sorry u have lost a person who meant so much to u they always say bad things happen to good people which i think is abosoulty true and others would agree with me
johnathon
it was good,
Sarah
HI! I just wanted to start off saying thank you for writing this peom i was looking for the right poem to read at my boyfriends funeral. and this did it for me. he was 21 and drunk driving home. i havent been able to heal and reading ur poem helped me a little bit u never can really get over something like this. i just wanted to say i read the poem at his funeral and it touch everyones lives. including mine
Sasha
We all know how people with the addition problem is very hard to connect with, but all we can do is not give up on them and try to reach out to them before its their last.
Natalie
Its a lovly poem and I think it deserves a vote.
pamela
this poem (why) really touched my heart because i lost my father a few months ago the day he passed away i thought my life was over as well i had hate feelings i blamed everyone i even lost my faith thank god i have it back now i couldnt and wouldnt talk to anyone about my feelings so i picked up a pen and paper and put all my feelings on paper and it made me feel some better when you have a loss that big in your lfe and cant talk about it writing it down on paper rather its a poem or just a letter will make you feel better this poem (why) i thought was great.
Nancy
the reason why this touched me so much is that i lost my friend on dec 7 2005 and its been 3 weeks from that day and he was shot by a gun it was due to drug use and he had just turned 23. he meet so much to me and he didnt even know and that day he passed away i was gonna call him to patch things put but all i told my else is that i still have tomorrow. this touch so much
olivia
oh my god dat was so touching i just lost a cousin, (because of his wife didnt have any more miutes on her phone an he wouldnt buy her ay she killed him) she was in the military and she was very, very crazy and abusive
tiara
This poem is extrememly good! It made me cry. just this past month I lost 4 great friends. They drank, stole a car, and wrecked. They all died! The love of my life was in the car. this poem just makes me think and for some reason even though I know that they all are with God I just don't think that they are resting at peace like they should be!
Jesse
This peom brought me to tears it touched me in places that I thought no one could reach. You cant even describe a peom like this so I am just gonna end it here. 10
danielle
i loved this one its really sad . it brought a tear to my eyes
melissa
july 3. 2005 i lost my husband bobby 32 in a car accident. he was leaving the bar on his way home. this poem expressed so many feeling that i have thank you for the poem.
Shawn
Jamie I lost my oldest brother Billy ( William )Russel Boomer to *Drugs* &*Alcohol*. I never had the opportunity to talk to him before he took his own life by a drug overdose. He was reaching out for help but help was not there fast enough that night.
Ril
I felt so in touch with your poem. It was soo deep and so close to time. I just lost a friend on February 25, 2005. He was driving drunk, a mistake, im sure hed take back. Just everything you said I really wish I could say and get out. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ashley
I really enoyed the poem , ive lost important people in my life to drinking and i feel what u feel, keep your head up!
krystin
i always think of why did my dad have to die at such a young age, well im 13 and i lost my dad by a heart attack it was scarry. but i always say why
Renae
This is a really nice poem. Alot of deaths happen these days with young adults without reason. It just isn't fair, I'll agree! Thankyou for sharing you feelings for everyone, and maybe they might just teach some a few lessons. Renae :-)
nobody
wow!
Jessica
the poem touched me very much because my best friend over dosed last year and its very hard to get over! i feel for all who lost a loved one to drugs!
Kathy
This poem really touched me. My son died in a car accident,caused by drinking and also driving to fast. there was another boy driving, he died also, and the boy in the back seat,had a broken neck. he survived, he is physically fine, but not emotionally. my son was 21, and left behind a son,,, everyone who knew my son tells me that he lived his life to the fullest,,,and that i know he did,,,but to me his life was just beginning.
tris
my cousin and his friends are involved in drinking and drugs and hanging out with the wrong kind of group. the other night some guys broke in my cousins house and shot his roommate in the head. all i can say is why?
brooke
I have a brother who is 21. I really like this poem because it makes me think of how much i would lose if i lost my brother. And i just want to sat to the author you did a very good job.
melissa
this sound like me . Poems can touch many hearts and mine ot did. I lost my boyfrien mybabys father so many (whys) I'll always have if only god would give us the chance to say I love you, and goodbye, but maybe because we will see them oneday and so its really not goodbye, just hello. I love you carlton
Julia
I LOVE this poem! Its seems as if though it was written right from the heart. I didnt lose a loved one due to alcohol, but i know many young guys that drink and drive. That poem just breaks my heart to even think what MIGHT happen to all of theose that i love.
heather
My friend sent me this and so I read it, it was very hard to read this knowing that a few months ago my ex- boyfriend died of a heroin overdose and he actually would've been 21 this year and everything this poem said fit to him perfectly. It was the saddest day of my life hearing that. I couldnt even go to his funeral since he was in Ohio and I am in colorado. He was my first love, and it is still very hard. Thanks for writing such good poems and sharing your feelings with us who have experienced it, we all like to know that we are not alone and things happen for unknown reasons.
sam
your poem was wonderful. my cousin just died 2 days before christmas this year because of driving drunk. he was such a good kid. thank you for your peom.
lara
absolutely wonderful poem, really talking from the heart and i'm sure he is watching you and is very proud of you. xxxx
josie
I though this pome was very good because it remind me of my friend that died of drinking and driving he was'nt drivn a car it was a trike i loved him so. much when i was young but because i didnt want anyone to know is because he was in love with my friend. Even though i know i should of but up to this day i still cry i know its know good but i cant anyways. Will that is why i love this pome.
MARIA`
THIS IS AN AWESOME POEM. WHEN I READ YOUR POEM IT SADDENED MY HEART. BECAUSE IT REMINDED ME OF A COUSIN I LOST 6 YEARS AGO FROM A FREAK ACCIDENT. ALCOHOL WAS THE CASE OF THE ACCIDENT. THIS IS A FANTASTIC POEM I LOVED IT. I FEEL AS IF IT WAS WRITTEN FOR ME. THANK YOU FOR SUCH AN AWSOME POEM
Ky
This is a very good poem and even thoguh i have never lost a brother, or a father. i have still lost my mother, so this poem really did touch my heart. thank you
christina
my husband just died from a car wreck. he had been drinking and i never got the chance to tell him how nuch i love him
christy
i love this poem i have a poem that i made that is called why?
Karen
I think this poem is great! It touched my heart and I know that there is somebody out there that knows how I feel.
julie
i thought it was a good poem
Maricela
i realli liked this poem it really touched me because i knew this guy named carlos and died at age 14 but it was not a normal death but they killed him and that makes me say why? everytime and just wonder and ask why? would that happen why? would they kill him why? well just wanted to share this and thanx to this author for this poem even though it is sad it makes me remember that special person thanx.
metchel
I loved this poem so much. It related to my friend in so many ways. It also related to me too. How I wish I would of told him I loved him before it was to late. This is one of those poems that makes you cry, and never forget you dear friends that have died.
Nika
I loved it, because it reminds me alot of my boy that got killed and it touched me. Brought tears to my eyes.
Keila
hey, i liked your poem it reminded me of a friend that was walking and got hit by a drunk driver my friend died he was so innocent he was just 15 full of life and spirit we never got the chance to see what he would become cause his life was taking right before our eyes.
Amber
I thought that you poem was amazing. I have read a lot of poems and i think this one touched me so much because I had a best friend that died from the same thing and she would of been 21 this year and if you were talking about a girl then i would have thought this poem was about her. It one of the first poems that made cry. You did an awesome job writing this poem. you have a lot of talent
Trisha
I loved the poem and it really touched me because november 20th my mom died in a car accident and it was due to alcohol and i feel the exact same way! i wonder why i didnt get to tell her how much she really meant to me?! u did an awesome job and i also like to wonder "why?"
Tchanavia
Just to let you know Irealy like this poem it remines me of my nephow I understand what your going thour but don't weary god's going to take care of him.
Rhonda
I think the poem was wonderful. It was written from the heart and so heart touching to me.
Jessica
I just wanted to say that I recently lost my boyfriend to a drug overdose. on September 4, 2003, and I lost my uncle on December 8, 2003 to cancer. and I am not taking it very well. but I just wanted to say that I truly loved your poem. My thoughts are with you.
Natasha
Made me cry maad saad
shel
i loved your poem so much. it was exactly was i was looking for. i recently lost an ex-boyfriend, and a best friend. the poem expresses exactly how i feel
Tonya
2 years ago on sept 9th i lost my husband he was only 25. he had been drinking and we had a fight so i never did get to say good-bye. i feel that guilt everytime i look at our little boy. i think that you did a wonderful job. i comend you because no matter how hard i try i can't put anything into words like you did. thankyou.
siti
i love ur poem. it's a nice poem. coz i've lost someone that i love too
Alisha
The first time I read this poem, tears rolled down my eyes. I lost a friend to alcohol. I have never in my life had to deal w/ anything like that and didn't take it well. This poem was excellent!
tammy
this is so true i lost my father to drunk and it still heard to day wished i could have told him how much i love him
Kris
Very good poem! It reminded me about when my brother passed away about a year ago from drug overdose. he was 20. your poem describes how it really does feel!
Ash
It was a very good poem.
Staci
This is a great poem, it truely touched my heart. I resently lost my brother in a car accident in witch alchol was involded. he was only 19 and not only my brother but my best friend. this poem really helped me.
Jesse
This poem really means alot to me. 4/6/o2 was a sad day thats when a car filled with kids from my highschool crashed ( the driver was drunk) and 2 people died. 1 boy 1 girl and this poem reminds me so much of them.
Missy
OMG. You're poem was great. i could definately relate b/c my grandfather just passed from sickness and it tears me apart that i never got to tell him how much he means to me. i cried thru the whole thing. i loved it
Dawne
I think the poem is really good . I know where you are coming from. I lost my dad when I was 5 ,he was 28. This really touched me !It was a massive heartattack why I lost him. It still feels like yesterday. I'm 29 now.
Erica
This poem is really good! I had a ex-boyfriend who died from the same thing. This poem reminds me of him veryt much! You did a great job on writting this poem Jamie.
chris
I wanted to say that I loved that poem. It was so touching. It reminded me of My uncle that was like my Brother,He was Killed in a car accident oct,10,2001. Alcohol was the cause. He would have been 31 this year. I cyred like a baby reading your poem. It is the best poem I have read in a long time. Thanks Jamie for writing such a beautiful poem that touches so many people. Jamie I am so sorry to hear about your loss
Jobi
I really like this poem because it makes a good point.
Jessica
This poem is really great. My mother was killed at the age of 28 and i was 4. It is still hard to deal with. Thanks for writing this. It is well written!
JuLiE
I loved this poem so much because it reminded me of what my best friend went through only a few months ago cuz she wasnt able to tell him how she felt bout him
Angela
Jamie, I know exactly the way you feel, I lost my fiancee just 3 weeks ago and I feel so bad that I can't have him right now and that I'll never get to touch his face again, or kiss him or look at his eyes. I don't know what I'm going to do without him
kaelanie
your poem was really heart warming sorry for the lost. my brother died the same way only it was our birthday and we both were in the car. he died before we were rushed to the hopsital, and i always think about that night.
Tosha
you rpoem is a really good poem it reminds me of my boyfriend Joe he has a drinkin problem and he won't get help i just hope i don't lose him like you lost the one you seem to really care about an love!
jenn
i thought the poem was great.but i had to cry it rememded me of a close friend that died
Melissa
Your poem is very good and brought tears to my eyes.
lanell
iliked this poem 'cuz it reminded me of my own brother and how his girlfriend felt after we lost him. we will never forget him and he will always be in my heart.
Carrie
I really liked this poem. It tells of how I felt after my best friend was killed in a car accident. Thank you Jamie for putting my feelings into words.
valerie
the reason I like this poem is because i lost a boy friend and he died of acholo and droued and this poem is what i ve been looking for the fact that i never told him how much i cared and when i wanted to it was to late.
Stella
I know exactly how you feel. I lost one of my friends because he choose to drink and drive. He was only 19. His birthday was a couple of weeks ago. He would have been 20. And he also got in his accident on my birthday, which is even harder.
Allie
it was really good it made me cry
melissa
It makes me think of a day that will probabaly be coming soon because of the cousin of mine that does not seem to understand what beer and other drugs will do to you.I do not look forward to that day when i will be asking "why"!
jen
i thought your poem was so great

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