A Journey Starts with a Single Step

A journey starts with a single step I can move forward With each and every breath Keeping my focus on God toward Years past from abuse For I never felt safe My guard always up My innocence chafe We moved to the city New school, new friends Jeanna and Jennifer were sisters Sibling rivalry always on the mend A journey starts with a single step New Friends to make With each and every breath Friendships process of give and take We fast became friends In the middle of third grade year Sleep overs and summer boat rides Our friendship was very clear Until that horrid day in 1988 The 9th of October to be exact A call from a classmate Amanda Jeanna wouldn't be coming back A journey starts with a single step How can we move on from tragedy With each and every breath A friendship through atrophy We were only in 8th grade How did any of us even know The pain Jeanna felt deep down The truth she was gone, the blow I still recall the pastor Saying she was a troubled child He never even really knew her How could he say something so defiled A journey starts with a single step We will find a way to be strong With each and every breath Keeping friendships where they belong What signs did we miss How could none of us see The sadness within her heart That she felt better off to not be She's missed daily Family and friends think often What Jenna could have become But her breath hath been softened A journey starts with a single step Forward without my friend With each and every breath May God help me mend September is the start Month of Suicide Prevention Open your eyes, see the signs Speak up, don't let loved ones feel rejection No family needs to go through The pain and suffering To sit and wonder what went wrong The loss has no covering Listen to your children Your spouse or your child You are not alone my dear Fill your heart with hope and beguiled A journey starts with a single step One foot in front each day There's going to be sad ones But I promise Happy will come your way

©Christina M Wilmes

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