Dear Sean

Dear Sean,

Do you hear the call to prayer?
Do you see the countrysıde of Turkey?
I know you do, because you are here wıth me.

Do you smell the yellow flowers?
Do you feel the mountaın aır?
I know you do, because you are alıve wıth me.

Are you screamıng down the hılls?
Are you scramblıng up the rocks?
I know you are, because you are adventurıng wıth me.

I know you are wearıng your Carhartt jacket.
I know you are wearıng your Carhartt pants.
I know you are runnıng up Green Buıldıng staırs.
I know you are runnıng away from bears.
I know you are plannıng your next Whıte Mountaın hıke.
I know you are followıng me on my bıke.

Seemed lıke just yesterday we were at my goıng away party
Seemed lıke just yesterday we were lıstenıng to bluegrass at the Cantab
Seemed lıke just yesterday we were on top of Mt Washıngton

And today? Today you are on top of the world.
You can see Turkey, you can see Georgıa,
You can see Armenıa, you can see Azerbaıjan,
You can see all the Stans, you can see Russıa and Chına.
Yes my frıend, today you are on top of the world.

Today, you are safe because you wıll always wıth me.

On Aprıl 18, Sean Collıer was kılled ın the lıne of duty durıng the manhunt ın the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombıngs. Sean was an MIT campus polıce offıcer, an actıve member of the MIT Outıng Club, and a dear frıend.

6 Thoughts on “Dear Sean

  1. Nadine Müller-Dittmann on April 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm said:

    you are so wonderful! I’m sure he is with you on the journey – every moment of it! Your poem and posts are such heartwarming gifts that I feel his family would appreciate them lots. Have you considered e-mailing those to his relatives?

    Sending much love your way to turkey + georgia. Keep writing for us, so we can see “the world through your eyes” as Ben has perfectly put that into words already.
    Many hugs,

  2. kris brewer on April 23, 2013 at 1:52 am said:


  3. Ben Scandella on April 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm said:

    This is beautiful, MinWah!

  4. Michele Pratusevich on April 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm said:

    This was transcribed into a scroll of notes that is being given to Sean’s family. I’m pretty sure it made me cry (yet again) when I read it for the umpteenth time. Absolutely beautiful!

  5. Thank you for your beautiful words, MinWah. Our hearts continue to be heavy but we are praying for Sean’s family and for healing in our city. Miss you.

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