Anthony Weir

Rookie (13th September 1941)

Suicide for non-beginners Poem by Anthony Weir


For I will die anyway
Better to die sooner in chosen
conditions rather than later
most probably in pain
in hospital powerless
with tubes and no animal connection
no tenderness, no cuddles
and no music to help you detach
from a world half as full of music
as of din and blare and moan.

Fifty-five thousand American soldiers
were killed in Viet Nam. A hundred
thousand killed themselves
after returning home.

Submitted: Saturday, May 20, 2006

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