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Over the edge

 His suicide note made it  plain
That he could no longer cope with the pain
  And the tears in his eyes told the tale
Of a life filled with sorrow's  travail
He felt he  could no longer maintain

Depression  drove  him  over  the edge
Now he stood on a narrow ledge
Ready to make the leap of death
Ready to take his last breath 
Suddenly he made the leap
And landed with a thud on a jeep

But his heart still had a beat
As paramedics rushed to treat him
Then to the hospital he was rushed
His dream of dying now crushed

His family gathered round his hospital bed
So relieved that he wasn't dead
But the doctor's  words were clear
He would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair
The tears in his eyes told the tale
Of a suicide attempt that failed
Though he could not walk again
A second chance at life he gained


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  1. Date: 9/10/2013 5:43:00 PM
    Great story of suicide told in poetic form..Sad that this happens in life..I know of several that attempted and lived but I also know of some who were successful..Thanks for the visit..Sara

  1. Date: 8/21/2013 8:54:00 PM
    Sadness is always left behind, prickly thorns in the rose bushes of Life. Depression cuts deep in the soul and as you poem says, it seldom turns out well.

  1. Date: 8/6/2013 6:46:00 PM
    Sad sad ...Joseph but well written...congratulations

  1. Date: 8/5/2013 8:09:00 PM
    Congrats on your win in my contest! :)

    May Avatar Joseph May
    Date: 8/6/2013 6:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you for my placement in your contest Anne
  1. Date: 8/5/2013 8:09:00 PM
    Joseph, congratulations... xox..Linda

    May Avatar Joseph May
    Date: 8/6/2013 6:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you Linda
  1. Date: 7/28/2013 5:51:00 PM
    Great write, though terribly sad, is this poem, Joseph...suicide is such a heavy topic to write about...Kudos for writing it so well. Have a great week! Always, Annalise

    May Avatar Joseph May
    Date: 7/29/2013 5:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you so much Annalise
  1. Date: 7/26/2013 8:49:00 PM
    Some things are worse death

    May Avatar Joseph May
    Date: 7/29/2013 5:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thanks Richard