Andy Wu


“We cause our own suffering.”
He told us of world without pain.
Is he an unrealistic dreamer?
Or a pessimistic man of despair?
“Bad experiences are meant to teach us something.”
But he is modest, and doesn’t realize what he means to us.
            His unkempt, curly hair on a bony figure
            Doesn’t pay homage to his philosophical grandeur.
“There can be a world where people are not hungry.”
We all lay sprawled along the dewy green grass,
            Hungry for more of his thoughts, listening with intent.
            His words were more strong than the hardest cement.
“Without love, we cannot go on.”
I am sure I have heard that somewhere else.
            But from him it sounds completely new.
            His words are a valuable truth to pursue.
“There is never a real goodbye.”
To this he left, never finishing his enduring monologue.
            He was our summer camp counselor,
            And he gave us the motive to go and explore.
“Don’t dwell on memories, and forget to live.”
It has been five years since, and his advice is now more important than ever.
            I can barely remember anything else of that time.
            But now, it has been brought back ashore by the tide.


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