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September 1983

 

Id just returned from a weekend

Showing up at your place

Full of joy and laughter

Ready to be with you again

When I heard that you were sick

But I didnt worry

Later the family came back

Crying

Seems you were worse than they thought

They all cried, I couldnt

I just sat and stared

And wondered

 

Forgive me Ben, I just cant cry

Though I feel sad just the same

Tears that should come now

Ill save till youre gone

But until then

Ill pray God lets you stay

 


 

In memory of Ben Prinzen

1966-1983

My cousin and a good friend.

 

I had been at a youth retreat

looking forward to seeing Ben,

and the whole family together

again for the first time in years.

When I got to the house there

was no one waiting.  Ben had

been taken to Emergency.  He

died just two weeks later.

 


Each New Day A Miracle
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