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“No Hemlock Rock (Don’t Kill Yourself)”

This is probably one of the best poems I have read lately. Unfortuantely, I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like to have been, but this holiday season has worn me out. First I had my final exams, then immediately after, we had Christmas. I am just now getting reacquainted with life. I hope you enjoy this poem. It spoke to me on a deep level, and pulled on my heart.

Happy New Year 🙂

No Hemlock Rock (don’t kill yourself)
by Jennifer Michael Hecht

Don’t kill yourself. Don’t kill yourself.
Don’t. Eat a donut, be a blown nut.
That is, if you’re going to kill yourself,
stand on a street corner rhyming
seizure with Indonesia, and wreck it with
racket. Allow medical terms.
Rave and fail. Be an absurd living ghost,
if necessary, but don’t kill yourself.

Let your friends know that something has
passed, or be glad they’ve guessed.
But don’t kill yourself. If you stay, but are
bat crazy you will batter their hearts
in blooming scores of anguish; but kill
yourself, and hundreds of other people die.

Poison yourself, it poisons the well;
shoot yourself, it cracks the bio-dome.
I will give badges to everyone who’s figured
this out about suicide, and hence
refused it. I am grateful. Stay. Thank
you for staying. Please stay. You
are my hero for staying. I know
about it, and am grateful you stay.

Eat a donut. Rhyme opus with lotus.
Rope is bogus, psychosis. Stay.
Hocus Pocus. Hocus Pocus.
Dare not to kill yourself. I won’t either.

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