to family and friends in the wake of suicide

you were only going through your

daily motions,

buttering toast,


when suddenly –

wham –

hearing those words

you drop the butter.


in one single action







how you feel

is yours.

it is right.

it is appropriate.

it is okay.


sad, angry, disappointed, relieved, enraged, annoyed, depressed, numb, rejected, dulled…


and you may feel

all of these (or none)

one by one

or all at once

over days

over months

over years.


they are yours to


or bury them for a minute

to be able to get

to tomorrow,

but do not

let anyone

tell you

it is wrong to feel

however you feel.


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