mary douglas

You Throw Yourself Away Or Think You Must - Poem by mary douglas

you throw yourself away or think you must.
you who are made of diamond dust.
you, His heart's own core with daylight ahead of

blossom becoming apple in the setting sun
arrived at the terminal too early, don't!
the cliff is glinting always there in front of you but,

oh earth smells sweet, taken in both hands,
rich loamed.
you throw yourself away the farther from home

the better you say;
what's dreaming but a sleep, anyway
but I weep, -

mary angela douglas 16 august 2014

Topic(s) of this poem: Suicide

Comments about You Throw Yourself Away Or Think You Must by mary douglas

  • Gold Star - 16,123 Points Mandolyn ... (8/16/2014 9:17:00 AM)

    did you mean but weep i don't?
    this poem is absolutely GREAT.
    second and third strophes are my favorite. (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,454 Points Mary Angela Douglas (8/16/2014 10:04:00 AM)

    Thank you, dear Mandolyn, for your appreciation and your perceptive comments. I meant the but I weep, don't to be the scene of a person speaking and weeping at the same time addressing the person who is about to take their own life so that, in between tears is the speaker, imploring don't and they are weeping rather than saying it, but saying it, nonetheless-

    On my poetry blog I just italicized the word don't to indicate the word don't was spoken again, one last time but I can't find a way to italicize words when submitting to poemhunter. I went back after reading your helpful comment and put double quotes around the last don't and it turned into single quotes so then I put an ellipsis after it-

    don't is kind of repeated throughout the poem. I've never known anyone who took their own life thank God but I understand the frame of mind. Thinking of Robin Williams and why is it so hard to tell that a person has planned to do this; so many people famous and non famous knew and loved him and would have done anything or gone at a drop of a hat to see him and restrain his hand. So I thought I will write my little poem and maybe it will help someone somewhere. oh I hope so.

    Bless you Mandolyn.

    Mary D.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 16, 2014

Poem Edited: Saturday, August 16, 2014

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