still here


“Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead: excessive grief the enemy to the living.”  ~Shakespeare, from All’s Well That Ends Well~

when the song ends
and all left is silence
when the word ends
and all left is the sound of grief
when the joy ends
and all left is emptiness
i’m still here.

a familiar place it is
been here before
a familiar feeling it is
been acquainted before
everything has an ending
but i’m still here

i’m still here
left with my sorrow only
mine alone to keep
it is okay, you know
because in the end
we always be alone.

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Continuing to Remember David


This is the second blog I wrote about David Gimelfarb. I wrote the first one not long after he went missing. David is, was, and will always be my friend. He went missing on August 11, 2009 in the forest of Costa Rica while vacationing. His body has not been found and the local police, as well as the owner of the hotel nearby where David last stayed, have not cooperated or helped much in the search. There has been another incidence of a man missing about a month or two in the are after David’s missing. It is still a puzzle of what exactly happened to the two men. The families and friends of both men are left with a lot of questions, but with very little help. There have been new updates to follow up, but again, with no cooperation from the local authorities, families and friends have very little to accomplish. Also, things quickly become very expensive for the families because they have to do everything with their own money, and a search can cost thousands of dollars daily.

The reason why I am writing this blog is because I just received an email not that long ago from facebook. I subscribed to a service through facebook that would remind me of birthdays of my friends on facebook. Well, guess whose birthday is coming up next week, December 2nd to be exact. When I saw his name, I got goosebumps all over. Then of course, I cried. Can’t believe he’s been gone for over 3 months.

We had a community gathering at my school a few weeks ago and people made some suggestions of activities we can do to remember David. I suggested having a focal point in the main gathering area for all students, so a bulletin board was dedicated for David. Pictures of him are up now, as well as blank pieces of paper for people to write something. I appreciate this effort because we should remember him.

We might have moved on, understandably so because we have daily responsibilities to do. Sometimes, the daily responsibilities are the ones that keep us going. Otherwise, we’ll be caught in the constant grief. Just because we have moved on does not mean that we forget.

So David, happy birthday to you. You’re not forgotten, mi amigo. We remember you, your kindness, humanity, and integrity. You would have made a great psychologist.