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

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.

Charlie Tuna Reading The Poem 'Don't Tell Me' by Judie Walker

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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