School Days

By Laurie Epps

Today's post is a little dark for me. It comes from a very special place in my heart. Recently, I had one of my women from Bible Girlfriends Online tell me her friend committed suicide. Though there are a few things they have out there for trying to talk the victims out of committing suicide, there isn't much I've found about what we can do emotionally to navigate the gauntlet of feelings for the victims. With a heavy heart, I want to reach out to my readers who have lost someone this way.

*****Note: May be inappropriate for sensitive readers


Tearfully Dedicated to Michelle Marie Doane
May 2, 1969-July 4, 2001








School Days
By Laurie Epps

We were great friends
Cried over split ends
Boys heads would spin about
Two knock outs without a doubt

Your life came to an end
I miss you my friend

Sparkling blue eyes, and long blond hair
All of the boys stopped to stare
I was tall and thin
Raven hair and ivory skin

Your life came to an end
I miss you my friend

You'd snort when you laugh
I was truly your other half
Watering eyes rolling back in your head
Sometimes I wished I had your life instead

Your life came to an end
I miss you my friend

You'd make fun of how I eat
Hands in my lap, every bite petite
You said it was like a dance
Did I want a wine list, per chance?

Your life came to an end
I miss you my friend

We grew up together
Many storms we weathered
Your life seemed so glamourous 
You remained forever amorous 

Your life came to an end
I miss you my friend

You wrote a 14 page letter about freedom
Your epitaph and denial of God's Kingdom
Though others saw your inner beauty
To end your life, you felt your duty

Your life came to an end
I miss you my friend




Laurie Epps is a senior at Anderson University majoring in Creative Writing. Already Laurie is most published as a feature article writer, essayist, and poet. A seeker of beauty and world traveler, Laurie hopes to grow into a career in travel writing illuminating the many stories that make us human despite our differences. Currently, Laurie also has a Monday Morning Book Club column dedicated to writers everywhere, and column called Fiction to Film that is an accompaniment to English 365 at Anderson University.






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