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She Didn’t Die

Elizabeth Hobbs, 17

She has a haggard look about her.
She does not sleep anymore.
I dare not pester.
She’s fighting the urge to weep.

What should I say?
That it’ll all be OK?
She’s acting so brave.
He died just Saturday.
He pulled the trigger.
Will she be OK?

She looks like she’s been shot.
Her eyes are red, her clothes in a knot.
She looks like she needs a hug.
I’d like to hug her, but she doesn’t open up.

God, what should we say
when someone takes his own life away?
How do we treat those who remain?
How do we comfort those who act so brave?

—from devozine (November/December 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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