She Lived

The sole survivor of the crash,
she found herself on the path of self-destruction–
“spared for a reason,” they said–
making her feel she had to be all that the others
might have been.
Yet when she let herself believe that the world was
a mass of organized chaos,
and that not everything that happened
was a part of some Big Plan,
she found the peace to move on.
She hadn’t been called to Heaven
to be one of God’s angels,
any more than she had been left behind
to be anyone’s angel.
Perhaps she wasn’t destined for greatness,
but she could have a great life,
and that alone,
would honor the dead.

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