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I woke up on Sunday morning to find out that a friend from high school, Carolina Rocha, had passed away the day before. I don’t remember when we last really talked or saw each other, but I remember her fondly. She had one of those funny and bright personalities you can’t help but remember. There is a special breed of people in life that make you smile and she was one of them. This is written in her memory. -cct

Pictured: Nereida, Me, and Carolina in Gomez-Palacio

Nereida, Me, and Carolina in Gomez-Palacio in 2004

Star Bright
by Charity C. Tran

For Carolina Rocha

The news of your passing reached me
And I reached into my memory
Searching for that last time
We may have spoken
We may have seen each other
Beyond the ease of
“Liking” a status
A link share
A moment beyond how often
We were both online
But in truth
Offline
We rarely crossed paths
And I do not remember
The last time I saw you
Face-to-face

The news of your passing reached me
And I reached into my basket of “whys”
Searching for what it meant
Your age defined time as moments
You

still should’ve had time to share

The news of your passing reached me
And I reached into my memory
Of how you will remain in my mind
If my memory were the sky
You would be one of the brightest stars
For age can never define
How fully someone lives their life
And you were always full of life
And you always made me smile

The news of your passing reached me
And I became aware
That the world was suddenly more quiet
Without the vibrant way
You carried on
But then I realized
If my memory were the sky
And you, one of the brightest of stars,
Your passing is like a supernova
Your memory unforgettable