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Hard Ends
by Henry Burt Stevens

Thursday, February 24, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Hard Ends 
Henry Burt Stevens

My grandmother knew
how to make it work
slash both wrists at
the same time and lie
down on the kitchen floor

For years she'd threatened
her son and daughter
"Stop, do as I say
or I'll kill myself"

My father's business
partner sat in the
barn doors of the high drive
with a shotgun across
his lap for weeks on end
till one day he swallowed
the muzzle with his toe
on the trigger

One day, walking to school
at 8 o'clock in the morning
I saw a man swinging
by his neck from the top
back porch of the three decker
that housed the Post Office
The law's against it and
it's a taboo too
in the military it's a
court martial offense,
misusing government property

The final act of personal
protest, an ultimate act
of personal freedom

taking prisoners for life
of those left behind whose
pain will just begin.


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Reviewed by Melissa Rives 2/25/2005
Very dark, intense, and powerful piece. wow.
Reviewed by Sue Hess 2/24/2005
yes, it is the ones left behind who suffer, which i believe is often the suicides' intention
Reviewed by George Carroll 2/24/2005
Pity those poor souls.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 2/24/2005
Those that commit suicide, at the least gets to choose their time. Those they leave behind wondering and weeping only get to spend the rest of their lives, asking unanswerable questions.
It's a situation that nobody ever wins..
Thought provoking write, penned exquisitely.

Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 2/24/2005
I still wonder to this day what made my young cousin kill himself. I suppose we will never know. Things were hinted at but do we really know and if one did would they care?

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