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#329184 - 04/21/10 12:38 PM Set Free
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Registered: 02/17/10
Posts: 1007
Loc: WA USA
I witness a man die today
Watched as his life slipped away


No sounds, no movement, not even a groan
Stretched across the highway dying all alone


Nothing for me to do but stand and stare
His arms extended, fingers slack laying there


Wondering what is happening to his soul
Now that his body has grown cold


I believe in nothing, which at that moment saddened me
I had nothing to offer him as his spirit was set free

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Balanced (My goal)

There is symmetry
In self-reflection
Life exemplified
Grace personified

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#329188 - 04/21/10 01:06 PM Re: Set Free [Re: earlybird]
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Registered: 02/13/10
Posts: 507
Loc: AZ, U.S.A.
Earl,

You're going to have to help me with this one. Did something happen to you? You don't sound too good.

Bobcat


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#329191 - 04/21/10 01:20 PM Re: Set Free [Re: TheBobcatAgain]
earlybird Offline
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Loc: WA USA
No Bobcat, nothing happened to me. Yesterday I watched a guy who was thrown from his truck die. Just made me stop and take stock.

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Balanced (My goal)

There is symmetry
In self-reflection
Life exemplified
Grace personified

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#329198 - 04/21/10 02:07 PM Re: Set Free [Re: earlybird]
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Registered: 01/02/10
Posts: 728
Loc: United States
When I was in senior high I saw kid my age get hit by a bus outside the train station.
I remember his young face and him twitching on the ground, as he struggled to live. That was a long walk home from the station.

I had a similar moment when I came upon a car accident at two in the morning. Some kids my age had wrapped their car around a utility pole. I could see the bodies on the road in the distance as I checked if help had been called. I saw blood, water and oil mingling at my feet.

Moments like that change you.

-efm

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Everybody here's got a story to tell
Everybody's been through their own hell
There's nothing too special about getting hurt
Getting over it, that takes the work

- "Duck and Cover" by Glen Phillips

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#329200 - 04/21/10 02:22 PM Re: Set Free [Re: Ever-fixed Mark]
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Registered: 02/13/10
Posts: 507
Loc: AZ, U.S.A.
Oh, Earl... I'm so sorry.

I'm afraid this is too much for me to handle. I can't stomach this. I'll talk to you later.

Bobcat


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#329247 - 04/21/10 08:20 PM Re: Set Free [Re: TheBobcatAgain]
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Registered: 02/17/08
Posts: 1247
Loc: Oklahoma
Earl,

It is unsettling to witness something like this. Take care of yourself at this time and step back to catch your breath.

When involved with grief counseling I stood at many a person's bed as they passed offering comfort to them and their family members. But the shock of something like what you described is different. I have witnessed this as well and it can take the wind out of our sails. I remember being numb from it and needing time to myself.

My thoughts are with you.


Daryl

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#329287 - 04/22/10 04:00 AM Re: Set Free [Re: prisonerID]
earlybird Offline
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Registered: 02/17/10
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Loc: WA USA
Thank you Daryl,

Afterwards while sitting in my truck studying his hand that was extended out from under the yellow plastic that had been placed over him, I couldnít help but think of the grief someone was about to experience. Iíll have that picture struck in my brain for life. Iím fine actually but it does make one come home and hug their wife with just a little more passion than maybe the morning good bye hug. Gives one perspective as well, donít you think?

Thanks for your concern. Earl

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Balanced (My goal)

There is symmetry
In self-reflection
Life exemplified
Grace personified

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#329319 - 04/22/10 10:54 AM Re: Set Free [Re: earlybird]
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Registered: 12/03/08
Posts: 149
Loc: Oklahoma
Wow, I too have see life slip away. It is unsettling, Be kind to yourself in the coming days.

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WoR Sequoia Alumni, April 2010

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