Bustle , By Brian37 (AKA Brian James Rational Poet on FB/META and @Brianrrs37 on Twitter)

The bustle of flickering
Headlights, and taillights
Traffic lights, storefront lights

I sit in awe of these paths
Countless as the shimmering stars
With their own agendas, lifespans
Knowing that act 5 scene 5

Is still the final outcome
And you Anne, did yourself in
Even after knowing, just once
What it was all about

Was the Charles river poisoned
What was actually gone
In the morning
When you woke up?

Nothing, except you
You didn’t have to Anne
You didn’t have to
Why did you?

Time was short enough.

This is an ode poem to Anne Sexton’s poem “Just Once” but it is also an anti suicide poem. Anne Sexton unfortunately killed herself in 1974. If you are having thoughts of suicide, get help. There are suicide hotlines, 988 is one. http://www.helpguide.org. There are people who care.


2 responses to “Bustle”

  1. This is such a sad true story/poem, Brian. It’s very thoughtful of you to share the suicide hotline helplines – you never know who might need that right now. Am I right in think it was Anne Sexton you named Anneplath after?


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