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‘Don’t Tell Me': A Poem About Losing A Child

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Judi Walker’s son Shane, just one month and one week shy of his 20th birthday, was murdered by a gunman who was targeting Shane’s friend, who was the driver of a car Shane just happened to be in back then. Shane left behind a wife, and twin 5 1/2 month old baby girls.

Don’t Tell Me
by Judi Walker in Memory of Shane
(copyright 1998)

Please don’t tell me you know how I feel,
Unless you have lost your child too,
Please don’t tell me my broken heart will heal,
Because that is just not true,
Please don’t tell me my son is in a better place,
Though it is true, I want him here with me,
Don’t tell me someday I’ll hear his voice, see his face,
Beyond today I cannot see,
Don?t tell me it is time to move on,
Because I cannot,
Don?t tell me to face the fact he is gone,
Because denial is something I can’t stop,
Don’t tell me to be thankful for the time I had,
Because I wanted more,
Don’t tell me when I am my old self you will be glad,
I’ll never be as I was before,
What you can tell me is you will be here for me,
That you will listen when I talk of my child,
You can share with me my precious memories,
You can even cry with me for a while,
And please don’t hesitate to say his name,
Because it is something I long to hear everyday,
Friend please realize that I can never be the same,
But if you stand by me, you may like the new person I become someday.

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