Howard Simon


When Suicide Knocks On My Door - Poem by Howard Simon

Overdosed with fatality and fear
Stung by the scorpion of betrayal
Raped by life's ravaging realities
Terminally tormented by my past
Reduced to nothing- ground zero disease
Death looks like the sun-life's a starless night
Despair dilutes desire for living


Stripped naked of everything except being
Wiped, weary, worn-damaged but not destroyed
Drowning in my own tears but still swimming
Lying in my own blood but still breathing
Discouraged and depressed-down but now out
Hanging by a thread but I won't let go
Death's calling my name but I choose to live

Topic(s) of this poem: inspirational

Form: Free Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Suicide is one of the most terrible tragedies in post modern society. I am doing my best to eradicate this evil enemy.

Comments about When Suicide Knocks On My Door by Howard Simon

  • Simone Inez Harriman (12/4/2016 5:01:00 PM)


    A noble poem that speaks of the inner will to live through such adversity. If only those that had chosen to end their lives had had such strength or support from loved ones to get through those terrible lows that life dishes out to many of us. Thank you Howard for your inspirational poem...10 (Report) Reply

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  • Bharati Nayak (9/12/2016 11:55:00 PM)


    Suicide is a real menace in modern society.More and more people are getting depressed.Modern life puts constant pressure on mind.Advent of T.V. and internet are opening channels where we see depressing news of violence, rape, murder, war deceit and, cheat on a daily basis which make us lose faith on other people.Even one does not feel safe in his own house.Human values like love, kindness, care and sympathy are fast eroding.Children become depressed because they can not meet the high expectations of parents.There is a big gap between rich and poor.While one spends crores in luxury, another one struggling for daily bread.When one sees that there is no justice, no love, no care and no hope he feels depressed.How to tackle this monster of depression that takes millions of lives world wide?
    Spreading message of HOPE and ASSURANCE is the best way.Extending helpful hand and telling encouraging words to the persons who are depressed will go a long way in reducing depression.This can be imparted through counselling in school, colleges, in industries, hospital and group talks etc.Families and teachers, police, military personnel should also be sensitized.Making people aware about benefits of Yoga, and various games that involve physical exercise can have positive impact on people. All governments should take this problem seriously and think of remedial measures to tackle it.
    Thank you Howard Simon for your noble effort.I find many of your poems very inspirational and regard you as a great motivator.
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    Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (4/22/2017 12:19:00 AM)

    Thank you my dear friend Nayak for your wonderful words!

  • (2/10/2016 1:54:00 AM)


    Great insight into the feelings of desperation at the lowest point in a person's life, suicide is a self-defeating desire, but at times we feel it's needed to stop the pain we're going through. It is a wide spread problem as we are only human beings and feel sometimes we cannot go on. Your poem is an amazing inspirational one, even through all adversity, pain and suffering. I am sure you lit the light of love in someone's mind, saving them from giving in to suicide. Really emotional and heartfelt poem.10+++++++++++++++ Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (2/7/2016 11:07:00 AM)


    You have written with such understanding of the terrible pain that we all sometimes experience but there is a way back by getting help from our family and doctors.
    Superb write!
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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (2/4/2016 1:28:00 AM)


    A poignant and well crafted work, Howard...Stanzaec movement is virtually flawless in structure...Rock-On ~FjR~ (Report) Reply

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (2/3/2016 9:38:00 AM)


    Verily, very optimistic and headstrong (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/2/2016 12:51:00 PM)


    Betrayal! ! Death's calling my name but i choose to live. Yes! Suicide leads one to hell; because, THE CREATOR is against it. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (2/1/2016 9:59:00 PM)


    Reading this poem I am reminded of the protagonist in Hemingway's Old Man and The Sea who says 'Man can be destroyed but not defeated'! Suicide is the last resort of a coward. Though life, at times can prove to be an ordeal, we have to believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. A highly inspiring poem, the diction is beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • Nosheen Irfan (1/29/2016 6:25:00 AM)


    Amazing.. You have spoken for almost everyone here. We all have at some point or the other felt the need to end it once for all but a single beam of hope holds us back from taking the plunge. You have rightly pointed out that suicide is a terrible reality of post modern society. We have a darkness in us that is harder to defeat because of stress in this competitive world where surviving is hard for sensitive souls. A well crafted poem like all your poems are. A wonderful choice of words. Full marks to u. (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (1/29/2016 12:43:00 AM)


    Many more people think about it than most are aware of (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 28, 2016

Poem Edited: Thursday, January 28, 2016


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