"It’s too far away for me to hold, it’s too far away…guess I’ll let it go"*

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on April 16, 2010 in Family, Guest, Kylene, Writing |

Today marks the eighth anniversary of my sister Kylene’s death. This was the day the world stopped spinning and turned in a whole new direction. It was also the day I became a writer (even though I wouldn’t realize this for two more years). I may be able to hack it at writing stories, but Kylene was the true poet of the family. Here is one of her poems.

Today I learned about the Math
about the Science
Today I missed out on the life lesson
24 hrs. slipped by
I got an A
I passed the Test
I lied

Days go by, I work, I play
Months go by I give I take
Years go by I live I die
Life’s a circle
Life’s a cycle
Life’s a motion

What’s tomorrow
But another day
A new life?
A Fresh Start?
New Hope?
Clean Slate?
Tomorrow’s but today
Just another day

~Kylene Laraine Carroll


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  • Anonymous says:

    Nice post … timely.

  • Katie L. Carroll (KT) says:

    Thanks. I owe it all to Ky!

  • Julia Karr says:


  • Katie L. Carroll (KT) says:

    Thank you, Julia. Kylene was a beautiful person.

  • Rochelle says:

    Great post. I don't know if you were ever a fan of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," but there was an episode in which a character named Tasha died. At the end of the show a hologram that she prerecorded was played, and she said something like "Death is that state in which we only survive in other people's memories." I think about that sometimes, which is why I pepper my conversation with anecdotes about people I know who've passed on, as a way of making other people get to know something about someone they've never met.

  • Katie L. Carroll (KT) says:

    Hi, Rochelle. I've never heard that quote from "Star Trek," but it's very poignant. I do what I can to keep Kylene's memory alive and to share her life with those who never knew her.

  • Cat says:

    Oh, that's pretty! I want to copy it and paste it to my mirror.

  • Katie L. Carroll (KT) says:

    Cat, I'm glad you found my sister's poem. Feel free to post it on your mirror. Please just keep my sister's name on it!

  • Anonymous says:

    Just seeing this for the first time … I just shared it with someone who asked me about Kylene …

  • Katie L. Carroll (KT) says:

    Anonymous, glad you found Kylene's word to share!

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