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Surviving Suicide

Twas the worst call we could receive, or so we thought then
It was latish in the evening, not long before ten
“I need to speak to your husband if I may please dear”
It’s terrible news, the worst news I fear.

Your mother is gone, her own life she has taken
There was nothing we could do, your world must be shaken
To get though the following few weeks was a trial
But survive that we did and in fours months we did smile.

Twas the worst call we could receive or so we had thought
But a knock on the door once more our breaths caught
“I need to speak to your wife I’m afraid sir, she will be shaken”
Bad news her brother has gone, his own life he has taken.

Twice in four months what was happening, who could tell?
Neither one connected, it became a living hell
No comfort to be found, no reason, no rhyme.
Depression and guilt engulfed us for a time.

There was nothing to be done for life has to go on
There are more people involved, than just the one gone
If they ever could have seen the devastation that they caused
They would never have done it, they surely would have paused.

But life isn’t’ like that, they were sick beyond belief
As in sound minds they would never inflict grief
Twenty-three years have passed, but not a week goes on by
They are remembered and talked of, but now we don’t cry.

There is life after suicide, their children and families have proved
Even though the memories that they left us, will always leave us moved.
Going back in time with ‘what ifs’ does not help us or them
And we pray to God every day, we never go through it again. 

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  1. Date: 11/30/2012 6:46:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Richard's "Suicide Survivor" contest Mandy. Love, Carol

    Tams The Golden Girl Avatar Mandy Tams The Golden Girl
    Date: 11/30/2012 7:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Carol, nice to see oyu around a gain sweetie xx
  1. Date: 11/25/2012 10:43:00 AM
    you certainly are number one, will you start to believe in what i've believed in ever since you came here PLEASE!!!!

  1. Date: 11/24/2012 6:50:00 AM
    Big congrats on you Mandy for your first win, this is an excellent quatrain and I love the deepness of your words through these beautiful stanza :) - Hug, Yanny

  1. Date: 11/24/2012 12:21:00 AM
    congrats on ur win, a touching write you have here. *smiles* ron

  1. Date: 11/24/2012 12:13:00 AM
    Congratulations with another oustanding first place win with this poignant piece Mandy. You talent is shining bright!

  1. Date: 11/22/2012 5:05:00 PM
    Mandy, congratulations with your awesome poem...pd

  1. Date: 11/22/2012 2:42:00 PM
    Awesome and great piece,Mandy...Lovely write...Congrats on your superb win...XOXO...

  1. Date: 11/22/2012 5:01:00 AM
    Many congratulations on your super win dear friend Mandy for this great write! love, Leonora

  1. Date: 11/22/2012 2:51:00 AM
    Wonderful words Mandy, glad you and your husband had the strength to get through these tragedies. ...Seren

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 9:31:00 AM
    Congrats on your win, Mandy, with this deeply felt write!! Jag

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 5:56:00 AM
    Powerful write! Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 11/20/2012 7:31:00 PM
    This strikes such a personal chord in my own life...u wrote this so well! Congrats, Mandy! luv, gwendolen

  1. Date: 11/20/2012 5:52:00 PM
    powerful write Mandy....congrats on your win

  1. Date: 11/20/2012 5:07:00 PM
    So poignant that it stirs my heart Mandy, thanks for the deep sharing, xxx love vie

  1. Date: 11/20/2012 3:01:00 PM
    In respectful silence honoring a courageous poetess. Ellie Daphne

  1. Date: 11/20/2012 1:55:00 PM
    Dear Mandy, How very drastic I can't Even imagine the Heartaches YOU and YOUR Husband endured My Prayers go out to YOU Both My eyes are welling up with tears from reading this POETIC MASTERPIECE My Congratulations to YOU on A marvelous 1st place Win LOVE YOU ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR Sadden Eternal (Young) Liege...Harry

  1. Date: 11/20/2012 12:02:00 PM
    Your poem won because I realated to yours the most I lost my father at 14 and went through all of this emotions you expressed thanks for the entry in my first hosted contest

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 2:26:00 PM
    First, I was supposed to read this poem. My eldest child committed suicide 7/20/12. I'm still devastated and numb. God says he won't put more on our shoulders than we can bear? Well.. I lost my children's father 20 years ago. I can't breathe. Please read "Suicide and the Butterfly Boy" and "Just the Three of Us". I think you will enjoy them. God Bless....and sorry for both of your losses...xxoo Holly Moore

  1. Date: 11/14/2012 6:52:00 PM
    this poem is so powerful and sad. you've captured all the pain and sorrow of this double whammy in a poignant and very poetic way.

    Tams The Golden Girl Avatar Mandy Tams The Golden Girl
    Date: 11/14/2012 11:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Ilene xx
  1. Date: 11/14/2012 9:04:00 AM
    Oh Mandy, i can't comment on the subject of this, as a poem it is wonderful yet so close to home...

    Tams The Golden Girl Avatar Mandy Tams The Golden Girl
    Date: 11/14/2012 9:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    the pain gets easier, but the memories never fade. Bless you xx