Category Archives: Suffering

On an Emergent Awareness of Impending Death (#fiction #prose #essay)

V Sometimes life just smacks you in the face. You’re just minding your own business and out of nowhere comes a big punch to the gut, or, yeah, a slap to the face or whatever. This mostly happens when you’re … Continue reading

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The Peace of Stoicism (#poem)

The Stoics all counsel the same. Contemplate life and accept Death without too much disruption. They counsel the same when You are overwrought, but Flood you with a tsunami of tears When their turn comes. Seneca condemned his own sobs; … Continue reading

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Passive Voice (#poem)

Feelings were set aside. Fists were unclenched. Tears were discreetly brushed away. Energy was preserved. Friendships were maintained. Shadows were kept at bay. Family were not alarmed. Nothing was committed. There wasn’t much to say. Energy wasn’t depleted. The fight … Continue reading

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Poetry Review: Eight Four: Poems on male suicide, vulnerability, grief and hope

Review of Eight Four: Poems on male suicide, vulnerability, grief and hope, which benefits Campaign Against Living Miserably. Continue reading

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In Defense of Vile Rottenflush (#poem)

The venerable X. J. Kennedy used a poem about “vile rottenflush” to illustrate bad poetry in his seminal textbook, Introduction to Poetry. The poem, he explains, was submitted to the equally venerable Paris Review, but he does not credit (blame?) … Continue reading

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Frequent Death and Daily Disquiet (#poem)

So many people died that year that I developed A permanent anxiety about companion mortality. Guns, cancer, fire, and water all took people from me. After an absence of a few months, a friend once Called just to say, “You … Continue reading

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A Pattern of Substance Misuse in Rural Texas (#poem)

You were always object lesson, Never role model, and I only knew I should never be like you. Your death was early and tragic, As expected, your last conscious Moments spent reaching for the door Of a home engulfed in … Continue reading

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If She Didn’t Like It (#poem cw/tw)

She spotted him across the bar, And her pulse quickened. She wasn’t surprised to see him; She knew he would be here, But she stepped outside to finish The joint she had started earlier. After a few long drags, she … Continue reading

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On Perusing a Dictionary of Modern English Usage as It Pertains to Suffering

Deferring to the OED, Fowler’s* tells us not To spell “inure” as “enure” for variant Spellings are not needed; even if “inure” Has two meanings, it is still only one word. But who ever heard of “inure” relating to Anything … Continue reading

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The Best Way to Grieve for a Child (#poem #napowrimo)

They never changed that room. Dolls, teddy bears, trains, And transformers all hold space, Lock time in perpetual stasis. When death comes life stops. Family said they should pack Things away. It’s too hard To be reminded day after day … Continue reading

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