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Owl and Suicide

Owl  and  suicide 

A ripped-apart sliver of a day
Giving away the dreaded leeway
To do in a  teen  set to careen

A  cocky cocktail  of a commonplace pang,
An atavistic abandon, a moth-eaten
Rafter and a wrong rope .

 A screwed-up judgement. Sermon of end 
Wins over the stupidity of beginning
Against the shy remonstrance of life.

“O, this time it was for that boy, not me,
The sudden  owl- howl   at the dead of night”
The old man said in obvious relief.

*The  belief that the  hoot of an owl at the dead of night foretells a death in the vicinity was proved right when a teen aged boy in my place committed suicide following two nights in which an owl unusually cried.
S.Jagathsimhan Nair
Form: Freeverse
15 Mar 13

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  1. Date: 4/7/2013 10:01:00 AM
    gosh, that is sad, Jag. This was a very interesting one!

  1. Date: 3/18/2013 7:36:00 PM
    Jag, love this. Enjoyed stopping by to read your poem. Always* LINDA

  1. Date: 3/18/2013 11:59:00 AM
    this one really impressed me jag, good use of language, alliteration and internal rhyme with a great opening line (soupmail)

  1. Date: 3/18/2013 7:09:00 AM
    wow deep deep thoughts,great write Jag,took a little break,hi,guess who is back lol