Poem: “Tyler”

This poem is a dedication and a remembrance. I wrote it in pieces. The first pieces came just weeks after my cousin Tyler was tragically and suddenly killed in a train accident; after a few lines, however, I couldn’t go on with it. Seven years later, I picked it up again and finished it as a way to honor Tyler. It’s the only way I know how, really. July 2oth, 2011 would have been his 31st birthday; I’m so sorry that he isn’t here to celebrate it. This is the least I can do for him, though a tribute like this probably would have embarrassed the hell out of him. I don’t care, Ty. I love you; get over it. 🙂

Thank you to everyone who reads this. Peace, Sarah





On a midsummer day a blank canvas was born

No one would have ever expected to mourn


This brilliant young light that came into our lives

After all that it took for you to survive


A difficult birth, the odd way you arrived

From the start you were different and struggled to thrive


In a world that just didn’t seem to understand

The vision you saw, the work of your hand


Like all the great artists you grappled to find

The right path to follow in your heart and mind


You were intense and solemn, wise beyond your years

Yet funny and clever, good-hearted and dear


A sensitive soul with your heart on your sleeve

While conducive to art, a burden to grieve


For this opens one up to feel deeper inside

To know levels of pain one cannot abide


Yet to also feel joy and love so profound

That, awestruck with grace, one cannot expound


What you brought to this world cannot be replaced

Your spiky black hair, your sweet smiling face


Your presence was quiet, soft-spoken you were

But behind that calm surface your passion was pure


The way you let everyone into your heart

Was through your beautiful music and art


Your gifts were incredible, you broke the mold

Though at times you didn’t do what you were told


It’s heartbreaking to know that the world’s now deprived

Of what you’d have created if you had survived


But my cousin, my friend, in this world you were loved

I believe you are now looking on from above


You see we remember and you are at peace

Knowing our love for you will never cease



Sarah Ann Henderson 2011



About writingforrecovery

Sarah is a writer and poet who speaks out about issues that make people uncomfortable. Sarah advocates for causes such a sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and mental illness, and often speaks openly about her own experiences. She is determined to abolish the stigma associated with these issues and believes that it starts with people telling their stories, so she started a blog called Writing for Recovery where people can do just that. She is the author of three volumes of poetry and is currently at work on her fourth. She is convinced that there's a novel somewhere in her, and occasionally picks at the chapters so far. View all posts by writingforrecovery

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