Author's Note:
I wrote this in my 8
th grade year. It was for my 8th grade poetry folder. There is no rhyme scheme or pattern to it. This one is dedicated to a boy who was in my homeroom/my class named Ariel Villanueva (along with Gone But Never Forgotten). I sat next to him in two classes and though I didn't know him very well, he was always nice to me. I miss him, though I'm sure I can't even begin to imagine the pain that the people who knew him well went through, including my English teacher whom assigned the poetry folder. She read it to the class, knowing exactly who this was for. We all went through a rough time after Ariel died. I hope he knows that even those of us who didn't know him well still think of him from time to time. It's been four years since he's left us. May he R.I.P. (rest in paradise)

The sun came up today,
And everything seemed perfectly fine.
But when I got to school,
Everyone was crying.
I thought it was mere coincidence,
Nothing could be wrong.
but when I got up the steps,
Someone told me my friend had died.

The sun came up today,
But the sun didn't feel like shining.
They sky wanted to cry,
But it held back its tears.
If I could, I'd stop the tears
Coming down my face.
If I could, I'd stop the pain
In everyone's heart.

The sun came up today,
And said that nothing had happened.
But the pain on everyone's face
Told me different.
All the pain and sorrow told me
Our friend isn't coming back.

And when the sun came up today,
I didn't know that I'd think differently,
Or that it would teach everyone something.
Why God took a fifteen-year-old boy home,
I'll never know.

But when the sun came up today,
I learned through his death
That no matter what happens in our daily lives,
We'll have to live it to the fullest,
Because if we don't,
If we just hold backā€¦
Then we're just wasting our time here.

-2004 (year)