A Suicide Poem
Not So Very Long Ago

by Teresa Callahan

Once upon a time
Not so very long ago
I lost my brother Randy
To suicide, you know.

In a lonely motel room
Just a few miles down the road
He gave his life to God that day
To unburden a heavy load.

His life on earth was 38 years,
Too young to cry so many tears.
His heartaches were too much to bear,
For dark clouds had followed him everywhere.

Once upon a time,
Not so very long ago
My precious brother Randy
Decided to let go

With pictures of his children
who were kept away from him
He gazed upon their beloved faces
As the barrel was brought to his chin.

And in that final hour
As all hope disappeared,
His tears began to shower
Down his face of 38 years.

In his deep depression
One thing he failed to see...
His life was very precious
to Mom, Dad and me.

Once upon a time
Not so very long ago
Randy chose to leave us
Though he knew we loved him so

Along with his life, he took our hearts
And shook our very souls
Leaving us with the crumbled pieces
To grieve our loss forevermore.

Once upon a time,
Not so very long ago
Randy found the peace he sought
In God's loving arms, you know.

Brother, You are forever
in my heart and thoughts
and sadly missed by sissy

Written in loving tribute to my brother Dana R. Gubaci (Randy)
May 3, 1963 - July 4, 2001

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The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 18:2