We Remember: A poem for 8th August, Severe ME Understanding and Remembrance Day

We remember them with sadness that they are no longer here with us 
We remember them with frustration that they were not helped
We remember them with anger that they are gone
For we remember 
All the hurt
All the denial
All the extremity of pain
All the neglect
All the harm
All the harrowing moments
All the suffering
All the grief
And we weep with gratitude
For their precious lives
For their tremendous personal strength
For their utmost conviction
For their forthrightness in speaking out
For their passion in life
For their compassion to others
In a hostile, empty world.
We remember and give thanks
For who they were
And who they will always be
In our hearts.


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