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October 16, 2008
By Alexandra Bishop SILVER, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Alexandra Bishop SILVER, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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60 feet
To remember why you fantasized about
Jumping in the first place
Because it’s slower than a
Slower than a
More dramatic than
And it gives you
50 feet
Of flailing limbs and screaming wind
And praying to a God that didn’t exist
Until today
Since you only have
40 feet
To be rid of your sins
To cleanse your
That you forgot about until
You had
30 feet to remind yourself
That none of them deserve it
Because you don’t need
For unconditional love
Even though you couldn’t love yourself
But 20 feet
Goes too fast when you have
47 years worth of mistakes to fix
But only
10 feet
Of life to live
And promises to break
And apologies to give to people
Who never deserved
It before now
Because you thought this would be
60 feet
Of an unlived life
And a selfish death
That makes you take back
All those
Locked doors and unused hours
Because you never

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This article has 3 comments.

Lauren said...
on Jan. 31 2009 at 10:45 pm
Woww. Just like your last poem "Genetics"? That one and this one are I~N~C~R~E~D~I~B~L~E!!!!! Keep u~p the G~O~O~D workk!!

iamesthere said...
on Jan. 27 2009 at 4:52 am
WOW this is very moving, intensely emotional, I loved every word. That was pure beauty.

Elisha L said...
on Jan. 9 2009 at 8:57 pm
This is so good! You are a wonderful writer (I also loved your poem, "Genetics")! This poem might really make people struggling with thoughts of suicide change their minds. Beautiful work!