Contrasts

You left this world so differently than you entered it

You arrived a week late, in a rush and with a suddenness that surprised us all

Your birth so fast and surrounded by so many who loved you before you were even here

Your first night I held you as you screamed with such force and life

I was shocked at how strong and determined you were right from the beginning

Your life and time with us marked with such extremes

Such strength and confidence twinned later with so much pain and confusion

Your leaving so long and yet so short, all at the same time

Days, weeks and months going by with each moment feeling like both an eternity and a blink

You left us by your choosing, quietly slipping away by your own decision

That moment you left so unlike the one you arrived

Your silently penned goodbyes leaving ripples louder than you ever imagined

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