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A Ballade Of Suicide

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The gallows in my garden, people say,
Is new and neat and adequately tall;
I tie the noose on in a knowing way
As one that knots his necktie for a ball;
But just as all the neighbours--on the wall--
Are drawing a long breath to shout "Hurray!"
The strangest whim has seized me. . . . After all
I think I will not hang myself to-day.

To-morrow is the time I get my pay--

My uncle's sword is hanging in the hall--
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Thabani Khumalo 16 June 2015

I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.ghtyd

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Chris Mendros 21 March 2007

it's never too far away, is it?

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Ella Rose 19 April 2016

Powerful words Keith...I know about suicide all too well.. :) -EllaRose

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Chinedu Dike 08 November 2019

Well expressed thoughts and feelings. An insightful work of art nicely crafted with conviction.

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Michael Walker 09 November 2018

An intriguing stream of consciousness. What a refrain, 'I think I will not hang myself today'. Robin Williams did hang himself one day.

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Aniruddha Pathak 10 November 2019

A lovely Ballade that ends with an equally beautiful envoi.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 09 November 2019

Due to Poetry, no suicie at all. Marvelous poem. CONGRATULATIONS for being honoured with the Classic Poem Of The Day. Bit an eerie poem with menyioning that suicide. Rest In Peace Gilbert Sir!

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Andrew Blakemore 09 November 2019

A very powerful piece indeed

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Edward Kofi Louis 09 November 2019

I can hear the trumpet! ! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Tamara Beryl Latham 09 November 2019

Excellent poetic rhyming form. Certainly a favorite of mine. Great post. : -)

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