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Author Name: Freefanofjims 6 Comments
Date Added: June 01, 2008 10:06:31 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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I make existence and life a non-stop investigation
My mind and soul maintain a constant collaboration
Exploring mental mineshafts beyond this earthly place
Where Iím embraced by spirits without a physical face

So today Iím going to tell you about someone I know
Who is silently watching her children as they grow
This is her story the way I think she wants you to hear it
Because stains of pain remain chained around her spirit

When life became her hardest challenge and obstacle
She couldnít heal the pain torturing her wounded soul
Each day became harder and she kept trying to escape
Even when I tried to warn her of the future taking shape

6 months later she slipped into an everlasting sleep
The first thing she heard was her children loudly weep
Then she felt the pain her mom had devastating her heart
Combined with what she felt being separated and apart

Wandering alone in a distant and lonely foreign land
Sheís trapped between existence learning to understand
Where timeís measured by remnants of the pain carried
By those who cared that canít keep it emotionally buried

I know there comes a point that the meadows finally end
And then her new lease on existence will begin to commend
But for now she must keep walking in the darkness of night
So please send Chantal a prayer to help her towards the light

This storyís being told for those who tempt death everyday
If your loved ones tell you "stop" please hear what they say
Because although life is tough and itís hard to stay on track
You donít want to see this world through the mirror you crack

In Memory of Chantal
"Rest in Peace"
Author's Notes:
This poem was written in the memory of one of the many people I've known in my life that didn't survive the daily struggle. With todays insane drive to make "everything better" by simply feeding the public "happy pills", many are slipping over the edge of reality. Chantal fell over that ledge-One night I had a "vision" of what could be-A few weeks later when Chantal & her boyfriend were out in their front yard fighting, I had made a promise to her son that if I could ever help him during one of those situations I would intervene, So I went across the street to talk to them-Although I do not tell many about "my gift", that night I explained to them both that if they did not stop pushing the border line of life & death through alcohol and drugs, one of their lives would end in the next year-
I was convincing enough that her boyfriend made a comment as I was leaving that, "You've been sent from God" I laughed and said "No, I'm from across the street"
Unfortunately that advise only lasted a few days-
6 months later almost to the day, Chantal died of a drug overdose at 34 years old-
Now she carrys the pain of those who suffer from those actions & must deal with that alone until it subsides in those who loved her the most-
Her Mother-
Her Son-
Her Daughter-
And the grand daughter that was born 9 months later-
Her Daughter did not know she was pregnant until a few days after her death-
This storyís being told for those who tempt death everyday
If your loved ones tell you "stop" please hear what they say
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Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on June 14, 2008 09:31:41 PM Report

Addictions claim many sorry to hear your intervention didn't turn Chantal in a positive direction. I hope your message reaches the hearts of those struggling with addiction and serves as a preventative for those who are not. This is a sad story...thank you for sheding light on a subject that needs more attention. Good work James.


Comment By: PremiumJoe McNinney on June 9, 2008 05:37:18 AM Report
James, this is another instant fav of mine from you. Incredible piece, Joe
Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on June 5, 2008 03:36:24 AM Report
A very haunting and forewarning tale you penned here, James...You have your own unique style. Not many do...len
Comment By: FreeDavid Rojas on June 4, 2008 03:21:25 AM Report
Mr. Lagoski,



No amount of words could portray my respect for you as a poet and foremost, as a person. Although, I do not have the honor of knowing you personally (and with all the wishful thoughts possible, perhaps one day we'll cross paths) , I feel as if I have known you for years, via your poetry and inspiring words you have shared with this online community and I.


For some, everyday of every year is a struggle. No matter how big or how small, affliction is still affliction. In the words of the "Stranger" (from one of my favorite movies of all time): "...sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes the bar eats you."


It's not how many times the horse bucks us off, but rather how many times we climb back on that horse, and ride it all the way to our destination.



I am sorry for your loss, and I will pray for your friend and her family.


Cheers, to you and yours.



Comment By: Premiumlionheart on June 2, 2008 06:33:50 AM Report
She Whispers is so correct here...but when you mention \"rules\" to some folks it is like a dare to break them. Some of it is human nature, some of it is stupidity.



Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on June 1, 2008 10:29:41 AM Report
 As always you touch our hearts with your astonishing poetry about what life can do too family every day...
 Life has so many rules and we do need to pay attention
or we will not survive in the man made Jungle
 ~ She Whispers


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