Room to Walk Away

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© JamesHarmon McQuilkin
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Your empty room is like a graveyard.
All that remains is what I feel.
I visit by day:
Oh, the nighttime is just too hard.
The memories there,
they feel so real.
What would I have done,
had I had known?
The fear you'd leave,
had blinded me.
I think of you now:
Oh, how you would have grown.
What slowly dies,
this world...won't see.
There's a momentary lapse of reason,
inside this strange reality.
Sometimes a darkened-room can shine,
because your light's inside of me.
When you were here,
I had a home.
Now all that's left...
is left alone.
Here's all the space you needed, not like yesterday.
Now all I need...
is the room to walk away.

(Dedicated to all those who have had to endure a teenage suicide)

JamesHarmon McQuilkin
C 1992

11 responses


    JOE FAILK gave props (11 Feb 2010):

    Excellent lighting and comp!

  • Donald Brainard

    Donald Brainard (Deleted) gave props (11 Feb 2010):

    Absolutely perfect use of available lighting.

  • Debby Adler

    Debby Adler gave props (11 Feb 2010):

    I have a teenager. This made me cry.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (11 Feb 2010):

    This is an incredible tribute James!! Beautiful!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (11 Feb 2010):

    All killer, no filler (as they used to say about great record albums).

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (12 Feb 2010):

    James, this image and your poem - so very touching....

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (12 Feb 2010):

    Beautiful shot and a truely moving poem! Bravo. A year and a half ago my best friend's son, 19 years old.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (12 Feb 2010):

    Truly moving in every way, it brought tears to my eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (12 Feb 2010):

    Oh sad...I logged in as I thought the quilt was a nice photo...It is much much more than that.

  • courtney stone-moore

    courtney stone-moore said (19 Feb 2010):

    beautiful, before I got down to the poem I knew what the picture was saying.

  • Lori D'Ambrosio

    Lori D'Ambrosio gave props (30 Sep 2010):

    Incredibly moving, James. It brought tears to my eyes. A beautiful image.

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