Poetry

When I Die

“So when I die, don’t be sad.
I’ll still be with you.”

When I die, let me go. Don’t hold on to the shell of what I was. Don’t reminisce about our years together. Don’t grieve. My spirit needs to be set free, and yours needs to be free of me, even as nothing more than a ghost. Because all I did was hold you back.

When I die, set me free. I know that your world will darken for a time, but you deserve to move on. You deserve to finally be happy. You deserve to live a life where you are loved the way you should be loved.

When I die, scatter me to the wind, settle parts of me in the mountains, let a bit of the sea take me away, and let the last of me burn away. Because those are all the places I have ever been and will always be. Around you, within you. There, even though I’m gone.

So when I die, don’t be sad. I’ll still be with you. I’ll still love you in the afterlife. I’ll still love you for all you sacrificed. I’ll still love you for keeping your vows. I’ll still love you.

© Sarah Doughty
2018

I’ll still love you.

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