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Yellow Wood

Trigger warning for discussion of suicide.

By Suze KayPublished 7 months ago Updated 7 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - May 2023
Yellow Wood
Photo by Tapio Haaja on Unsplash

Jimmy takes his gun into the woods. Jimmy has done this

before, and never will again.

The light is yellow. The trees are tall. Birch bark

pulls like ribbons from a pole.

I like to imagine crickets chirring. I like to imagine he


to pick a flower, stroke a petal.

But these things are hard to find on cold November

mornings, and this morning is cold.


Jimmy takes his gun into the woods. No one is around to

hear it, and so no one knows. I will not imagine this.

My dearest wish: he smells no smoke, tastes only honey.

Leaves fall, one and two, to touch his brow.

sad poetry

About the Creator

Suze Kay

Pastry chef by day, insomniac writer by night.

Catch me here for spooky stories, crushable poems, and overall weird thoughts.

Or, let me catch you on my website!

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  • PK Colleran27 days ago

    Extraordinarily sad yet beautiful. Especially the last lines. Like a soft blessing. Or a prayer.

  • Karen Caveabout a month ago

    Beautiful, Suze... so sad x

  • Dean F. Hardy3 months ago

    I remember being infuriated when this won, Suze. Because it was so good and I was jealous. I've read it many times since. Sorry I never left it any love.

  • Amjad Ateih Dib4 months ago

    well done sister

  • Darla M Seely6 months ago

    Congrats on winning. Did you receive your winnings from vocal through your stripe account? My email address is [email protected]

  • Neesem Khan6 months ago

    This was a great read.......i❤U

  • Geoffrey Philp 6 months ago


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  • Joelle E🌙6 months ago

    Unbelievable. You are so talented 👏🏼

  • John Williams 6 months ago

    Very nice

  • Amjad Ateih Dib6 months ago

    it is a nice work keep going

  • MARIE ODEMS 6 months ago


  • Mackenzie Davis6 months ago

    Hopelessly sad. Sublimely written. I could drown in the emotions here. Well deserved TS. Wow.

  • Aphotic6 months ago

    Wow. I’m speechless.💔 congratulations on your very well-deserved win.

  • Marilyn Glover6 months ago

    "he smells no smoke, tastes only honey," powerful moment here! Congratulations, Suze 👏👏👏

  • Real Poetic6 months ago

    Congrats on the Top Story 🎉👏🏼

  • Novel Allen6 months ago

    Horribly wonderful. Congrats.

  • Congratulations 🎉 🏆🎯💯😉

  • L.C. Schäfer6 months ago

    I was so sure I'd liked/commented on this when you first posted it, so sorry! Very well deserved win. May you never stop writing!

  • JBaz6 months ago

    Congratulations, well done. Please ignore that one negative comment from a useless source that doesn’t add any value to yours and everyone’s hard work.

  • Dana Stewart6 months ago

    Congratulations, a stunning poignant yet beautiful poem. ❤️

  • Lamar Wiggins6 months ago

    Congrats, Suze. I loved the poem. 💖

  • Stephanie Ginger6 months ago

    Beautiful and heart-breaking. And compelling. I didn't want to read on and yet I had to. I particularly like: Birch bark pulls like ribbons from a pole. I like to imagine crickets chirring. I like to imagine he stops to pick a flower, stroke a petal.

  • KJ Aartila6 months ago

    Nice job - extremely emotional and sad - congrats, too!

  • Kristen Balyeat6 months ago

    This is gripping, heartbreaking, overflowing yet I felt the void. You boldly and somehow delicately addressed a very hard topic. Well done, Suze, and congrats on your win!! 💫

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