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The Gentle Sounds Of The Grave

Calling The Living

By Kelli Sheckler-AmsdenPublished 12 days ago Updated 12 days ago 1 min read
The Gentle Sounds Of The Grave
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Plastered together with duct tape and hope

dazed by bright lights and death

Plastered to keep me from feeling the rope

as I dangle and wiggle my legs

Too much, too little, too late to turn back

as I step on the stool of undoing

Counting the moments and patience I lack

as I'm believing the shit I am spewing

Second thoughts and second chances

the second time I've tried to let go

Confusing the steps to all of the dances

allowing imperfection to show

No turning back, the last step is a doozy

I hang like the sheets on the line

The room is spinning and I'm feeling woozy

I fear I've succeeded this time


Authors Note:

I have had a couple friends make the decision to end their lives this past month. Words could no longer reach their pain. This poem is in honor of the struggle to survive and the unbearable lie death whispers as you give in to a false peace. Please check on your loved ones. Life is hard, love is stronger.

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Comments (9)

  • John Cox11 days ago

    Simply heartbreaking, Kelli! I am deeply sorry for your loss.

  • I can totally understand how your friends felt because I'm a suicide survivor myself. Yes, it's very important to always check on our friends

  • D.K. Shepard12 days ago

    A very hard read and I’m sure a difficult one to write as well. Powerful work and good counsel to check on loved ones

  • Mark Graham12 days ago

    This is heartbreaking to hear and to read. Sorry about your losses.

  • Babs Iverson12 days ago


  • TheSpinstress12 days ago

    I'm so sorry for your losses. This is a beautiful, but heartbreaking, poem.

  • I'm so sorry to hear about the friends you have lost this month. This is a brave and empathetic tribute. I am moved by your words, "Life is hard, love is stronger."

  • Fly Alone12 days ago

    Surreal imagery - we really do not know what is pushing us toward the end. Inner conflicts and existential crises do much before we realize. Feel so sorry reading end note. ★

  • Kendall Defoe 12 days ago

    I'm so sorry to hear that you've lost friends this way. I knew a few who chose to end things by their own hand, and is never easy to get past the questions that haunt you. Keep in touch...with all of us.

Kelli Sheckler-AmsdenWritten by Kelli Sheckler-Amsden

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