I went to Hawaii last week.
I smiled, I cried, I laughed,
I took pictures. I saw all the sights.
I walked on the beach
and was with my friends.
I shopped until I couldn’t feel my feet any more.
You know how much I love shopping, not.
But besides that, it was such a long plane flight.
My ears really hurt.
At one point I wanted to cry,
but I sat with this guy
and he checked on me, which made the trip better.
When I got home, I was exhausted.
I hugged Charlie so hard, but you weren’t there.
That’s when it hit.
This week has been one giant disaster,
I am too tired for anything;
I am too tired to smile
or to actually care,
so everything has become a muddle of mush.
Thoughts are flying away into memories
and things I took advantage of too soon,
when I stopped letting you sit on my lap,
when I stopped chasing you around the house,
and I was stupid to stop, but you were slowing down.
Slowing with the days of age
and I miss you.
The silliness, the quietness,
when I held you
as you fell asleep
one last time.
So I hope you’re with Jack, Griz, and Hoss
where you can run from them,
all with fun,
and I hope you never forget me,
because I can’t
and never will.
Jordan Fashing, a 12th grade student from Benson Magnet High School, explains the reason she wrote this poem: "I have just lost my dog and have had emotional drama that comes with the feeling of loss. I just got back from a week trip to Hawaii and it really affected me. Writing is an escape that has given my feelings words and that is what this poem means to me."