Shawn L. Bird

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poem-should it be that way? May 10, 2019

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 5:23 pm
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It was a suicide.

Two weeks have passed.

“The funeral is today.

Or. Not a funeral.  A celebration of life.”

Matter-of-fact voice.

How many times had intention

shown him this path?

That prescription the only protection

against this road.

“Would you like me to come with you?”


Let me watch you in this crowd.

See if I can read your mind.

“No. I’m going to stand. It’ll be crowded.”

Did he know,

so many people would want to be there?

Did he know,

so many people cared?

Or was he counting on them,

covering for him when

he wasn’t there?

Two paths forking off this road,

wives watching the journey,

or buried by it.



5 Responses to “poem-should it be that way?”

  1. rivrvlogr Says:

    Something such as this does need to be a celebration of life, but that doesn’t always make it any easier. Not that it should be. It’s still a life lost.

  2. jackcollier7 Says:

    Sad, brutal, and bitter ❤

  3. “Did he know so many people cared?”
    The thing is, when he was at his lowest point, he could barely raise his head. He had too much pain to see how his actions would affect those who loved him. I am sorry for your loss. So very sorry.

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