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Suicide In An Old House

Rating: 3.4
Death surrounds us with blatant arms.
A sanitation worker dies and no one
cares, but banshee phones striking at midnight,

summoning the equally unknown people
to altars of rancor and resignation.
What do they do but recognize a human

in the grip of edgy, illegible lives,
the ritualistic mouthing of platitudes,
cold and incurable as dry, winter snow?
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Subhas Chandra Chakra 01 September 2016
Take that bystreet to oblivion, to namelessness, to fingers on hardware, to the antinome of more pure breaths. Beautiful lines. Lovely poem.10 for it.
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Mizzy ........ 01 September 2016
Bleak, cold, lonely and real.......well written!
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Unnikrishnan E S 01 September 2016
Hi Mr Palmer, Great poem. Loved reading. Deserves to be selected poem of the day. Congrats and thanks for sharing.10 is all permitted on ph.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 01 September 2016
A great awesome poem coming from the bottom of the heart of the poet and very touching. Thanks for sharing it here. Congrats on it's selection as the poem of the Day.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 01 September 2016
A great awesome poem coming from the bottom of the heart of the poet and very touching. Thanks for sharing it here.
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Rajnish Manga 01 September 2016
Take that bystreet to oblivion, to namelessness, to fingers on hardware, .... / The poet has been able to capture the void created by someone's suicide. Heart-felt poem. Very poignant. Thanks.
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John Richter 01 September 2016
I get it. But feel you could have used less cynasim to describe the despair of life which only ends in death. Good poem lamont but sometimes unneeded words get in the way of feelings.
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Pamela Sinicrope 01 September 2016
It's nice to read a poem that challenges the reader to think about the words and the flow of the writing. The imagery of a suicide at midnight is dramatic and the imagery is too. A suicide in an old house, a house that has seen too much...people who have become resigned to isolated living to access to weapons for suicide. 'A killing of the flesh and the direction of the flesh- alone.'
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Barry Middleton 01 September 2016
Very well done and thought provoking. There are many ways to kill oneself in ways that no one will comment even they may know. Drugs are one way. And people always say, 'he's in a better place', the worst platitude that I can imagine.
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Pranab K Chakraborty 01 September 2016
The Poet I think the real hunter of the tragedy of human civilization. Time has changed and with rapid course of changing. Last stanza depicts yet time we have got much to rectify ourselves (who think themselves the civilized one, should practice to focus the lens in direction indifferent in need not by class-ics judgment. Thanks for sharing.
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