For Stephen

I lost my son 3 years ago on March 17th.  My 17 year old daughter, at the time, lost her brother.   A stepfather, father, stepmother, aunts, uncles, cousins, step-brother and sister, as well as many friends, co-workers, and his beloved students all suffered this loss immensely as it was so unexpected. He was young at 35 years old and an incredibly talented teacher and artist.  There were 18 years between the births of my son and daughter, yet they were incredibly close.  It was a difficult time for all of us, especially my daughter, Annie.  I thank God for her uniqueness, her incredible optimism and her faith in Him, as without Him…..

This is a poem that my daughter, Annie Silva, wrote in honor and in remembrance of Stephen.

“Stevie”, by Annie Silva

It was a sunny morning
That soon turned afternoon
When I heard you were going
Why’d you disappear so soon?

You didn’t wait to say goodbye
You didn’t leave a note
Did you think it wasn’t worth a try?
Or were you even scared at all?

I thought we’d have each other
Until the end of time
You were my only brother
Now all this time is mine

Oh how I’ve missed the smell
Of your folk art acrylic paint
And the sound of your laughter
Late at night, in the rain

Saint Patrick’s Day, it was
And tech day for my high school play
When I got home my mother called
“He’s gone” I heard her say

“He passed away in his sleep
His dog right by his side”
She stopped for a moment to softly weep
Until then I had thought she lied

Soon after I got the news
My friends and family found me

We laughed,
We cried,
and we remembered
Of who you used to be

Until I looked inside and realized
You’re still inside of me.

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