Avenue of tall trees



The dank sky
exploded a deluge
of rain
Spider lightning flashed
from black stratiform
clouds
A cavalcade of trombones
thundered
over the charcoal  Landscape
of the
Benbradagh mountains

In the storm
a solitary figure
trudges through the
Roe valley as the angry
rain flagellates
all in its path.
As he stops to take a swig
from
his hip flask
his cigarette turns into
mush.

A few feet away the river
roars
into a maelstrom.
He contemplates jumping in.
He imagines
what it would be
like to no longer exist.
To completely
disappear .
He’s eager to do it.
He feels warm
inside at the
thought
of it.

In an avenue of tall trees
he sits down on a grassy
mound.
He takes off his shoes
and Peter Storm coat.
He stands up
and walks to the edge of
the river bank.
He feels the chains that
held him captive fall and
clank at his feet.

The river smiles
and holds out her arms
to him.
He closes his eyes and jumps…….

About this poem

The poem is about suicide. Most of the population of West Belfast know someone or worse have had a family member die this way. I am no exception.

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Written on January 06, 2023

Submitted by pauljoe77 on February 19, 2023

Modified by pauljoe77 on July 12, 2023

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