Zersetzung | a poem

suicide doesn’t let you off the hook

suicide is an open door

that mourners stare down

a room behind it

I had never known

*

suicide is a truth that doesn’t fit

until it has to

*

and what comes out of that door

into the four walls we’re in

empties the room

hold still

it lets itself in

*

will I see my brother in the morgue

will that be my brother in the morgue

you can have that

we left the morgue in my brother’s company

*

death stays

suicide stays

life stays

My own drawing © Laura Gentile 2022 | Instagram: @croque_melpomene

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