Why Choose to Die When You Can Fly

Why choose to die when you can fly?
Little bird, try and spread your wings across the sky.

Because after you’ve tried and there’s no one to guide,
you’re left with sorrow that carries to tomorrow.
You no longer desire to even go higher
with such a steep slope and so little hope.

You scream, you cry, and you try to defy
that the only last hope is to say your good-bye.

Because you live to survive and you thrive for a drive
that will give you a reason to continue to strive.
Yet there is no cure even if you endure
you’re just unsure and you just want to feel secure.

You scream, you cry, and you try to defy
that the only last hope is to say your good-bye.

Because you hide a lonely soul and
no one can see that growing hole.
Sometimes you lose all control and
life itself is such a big toll.
Not a selfish act, to be exact
for do you have a voice, do you even have a choice?

Why choose
to die when you can fly?
Little bird, try and spread your wings across the sky.

You choose an end because you can’t mend
but please don’t spend your life’s end
because you can’t yet comprehend
that life has its beauty,
that you were chosen to live this life.

So little bird, try again and again even if it hurts
for I shall be your guide.

About this poem

I wrote this poem with the purpose to console the hearts of those who contemplate on suicide and ending their lives every day. I wanted to let those people know they're not alone and that there are people that truly know how miserable they feel. Yet, I also wanted to give hope that there's more to life and that death would be a waste. The things I wish someone would say to me whenever I have dangerous thoughts are the things I decided to write in this poem.

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Written on June 09, 2022

Submitted by anchor8hopes on June 09, 2022

Modified on May 03, 2023

1:22 min read

Quick analysis:

Scheme aA bxxx AA ccdd AA efefxx xaA gggxx xba
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,262
Words 275
Stanzas 9
Stanza Lengths 2, 4, 2, 4, 2, 6, 3, 5, 3

Cristina Kim

Asian-American female living in New York. Growing up as a second-generation of immigrant parents was always a struggle for her. Mental health has also always played a big part in her life. She enjoys writing poetry whenever she is feeling down, for it seems to fill her life with meaning. Poetry helps her to realize and feel, which is what she would like to do for others with her poetry. more…

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  • TyRy
    The poem portrays a common fight against life, how sometimes when in a lot of emotional or even physical pain, we feel like giving up. The poet presents an alternative, showing that if someone chooses to fly (keep going), they might actually get somewhere. However, death leads to a finite end where the end is the absolute severing of said achievements, of said life, of said dreams that seem to be never met. Although I did not get to all of the poems; I believe that out of all the poems I read, the poet kept a steady flow of words while being able to catch my interest.

    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • hnaoufal
    This poem has a feeling of determination to make things of your dreams reality.
    LikeReply 11 year ago
  • cheesekim143
    I felt absolutely drawn to this poem in more ways than one. I currently have 2 close friends, both of whom almost committed suicide last year. I cherish and comfort them as much I can, and I always do my best to be there for them whenever they seem lonely or not like themselves. I feel like this poem could definitely be used as a strong deterrent for those who think ending their lives is the best choice to make. It's not, and this poem gives so many different reasons as to why they should just keep living. 
    LikeReply 11 year ago


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