Home>Writing Activities>Writing After a Death>Letter After a Time (to someone who died)>
Instructions:Fill in the blanks at the bottom of the page to create your own poem. Once you are done, you will be able to print and email your poem.
Everything in the box below can be changed. Feel free to add lines, remove lines, or change words to fit your purpose. Simply highlight and delete the blank lines and the suggestions in parentheses, as you go.
Make sure you print or email your poem to yourself - Pongo doesn't save your work!
Letter After a Time (to someone who died)by Sarah
This is a letter to someone important to me who died.This is a letter to my step-mom.Here’s something I never told you…I jumped into a gang when I was 13 and started doing drugs as well. I regret everything I ever did wrong (especially the things I just listed), and I wish I could take it all back.Here’s what’s new…Your dad died about eight months after you. My homegirl K. committed suicide. I did five armed robberies, got charged with two, and got three and a half years. I’m locked up for at least two years more. I miss the hell out of you and think of you every day.Just last night…I was thinkin’ about everyone who’s died in my life. I think about what it would be like if you were still alive. I know I wouldn’t be here, and I probably would never have done drugs.When I dream sometimes…I imagine seeing you, lying in the bathtub, relaxed, comfortable, content, and ready for a conversation.It amazes me…to look ahead to the future, to think about who else is gonna die (including myself) and how I’m gonna be able to handle it. I also wonder if I’ll ever be as happy (again) as I was when you were alive.
Letter After a Time (to someone who died)
We're glad you made it this far with your writing.If you're done with this poem, you have some options...
Email my poem to myself.
Email my poem to others.
I want to share my poem with Pongo, and I am 13 or older.
I give Pongo permission to publish my poem on this site and in print. Please consider my poem for the Pongo Poetry Prize.
Don't wish to say
I agree to the following publication guidelines.
We hope you'll keep writing, and keep writing from the heart!
Would you answer a few quick questions before you go?
OTHER POEMS YOU MIGHT LIKE
I Just Thought You Should Know
If I Were a Poet
Anger Poem #1