How to Join Member's Area Private Library Search Today's Topics p Login
Main Forums Discussion Tech Talk Mature Content Archives
   Nav Win
 Archives
 Open Poetry #4 Archive
 Night Falls Fast   [ Page: 1  2  ]
 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Follow us on Facebook

 This is an Archive. You may post a reply, but new topics are not allowed.

 
User Options
Format for Better Printing EMail to a Friend Create a Greeting Card with this Poem
Admin Print Send ECard
Passions in Poetry

Night Falls Fast

 Post A Reply   Go to the Next Oldest/Previous Topic Return to Topic Page Go to the Next Newest Topic 
hoot_owl_rn
Member Patricius
since 07-05-99
Posts 11105
Glen Hope, PA USA


0 posted 11-24-1999 09:16 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Night Falls Fast

Night falls fast
and days fading light
casts shadows across the worn table
where reflections dance
in a tumbler of warm vodka.

Multicolored pills
lie scattered around
as if a rainbow crashed to the ground
leaving remnants in its wake.

One harsh, final breath
is ripped, in agonizing labor,
from a chest
that rises for the last time
then stills.

Silence rings
through the room
as darkness descends.

Night falls fast...
but for those left behind,
daylight never comes.

Some startling statistics on suicide in the US:
~Over half a million people a year attempt suicide seriously enough to require a trip to the emergency room
~Every 17 minutes someone succeeds in taking his or her own life
~Only 2-3% of all suicides occur among people with terminal illness
~Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the US among 15-19 years and college students
~1 in 10 college students and 1/5 of all high school students seriously consider committing suicide
~1 out of every 10 high school students admits to having attempted suicide

Suicide is a serious problem nation wide, but one we can all help do something about.
Learn the warning signals and recognize them in friends and family and most importantly ...offer and seek help for them before itís too late.
Hugs
Ruth

------------------
Alis volat propriis
(She flies with her own wings)



[This message has been edited by hoot_owl_rn (edited 11-24-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
Ohme
Senior Member
since 07-17-99
Posts 831
Texas


1 posted 11-24-1999 09:28 AM       View Profile for Ohme   Email Ohme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ohme

Hoot, I have known two. One hung himself, the other shot herself 2 days after the last time we met. I probably contributed to the pain of the girl. A fact that I will never recover from. My guilt from her death persuades me that I must never say or do any unkind act. So much for good intentions. The damage we do to each other unintentionally is more than some people can take. There is no room for intentional hurt.

------------------
Yesterday is history, tomorrow just a mystery. And if today is good to me how could I ask for more?
Nan
Administrator
Member Seraphic
since 05-20-99
Posts 24426
Cape Cod Massachusetts USA


2 posted 11-24-1999 09:30 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Thank you, Ruth - for your contribution in making us all aware of how much of a problem this issue really is. I've seen young people attempt suicide, I've seen them succeed... I deal with the young people left in its wake every day - and it's difficult, at best, to attempt to console them...
Balladeer
Administrator
Member Empyrean
since 06-05-99
Posts 26302
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA


3 posted 11-24-1999 09:30 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

An excellent poem on a heartbreaking topic. Young suicide is such a waste of the most precious thing we have.....life.
WhtDove
Member Rara Avis
since 07-22-99
Posts 9561
Illinois


4 posted 11-24-1999 09:34 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Ruth you scared me at first! Dang it! Considering your situation and all! Phew, what a relief!

Thank you for sharing this with us, it is a tragedy when they think their is no other way to handle their problems!
hoot_owl_rn
Member Patricius
since 07-05-99
Posts 11105
Glen Hope, PA USA


5 posted 11-24-1999 09:44 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Ohme, I'm sorry you have had to deal with this first hand. The stistics are almost overwhelming. I heard or read somewhere that we will all have to experience it sometime in our lives with someone we know first hand. I shudder to think of that

Nan, you are in a profession that realizes the effects of this probably more than any of us...at least it's effects on those left behind

Balladeer....very true words

Whtdove...I'm sorry for the scare my dear friend. Yes, I have been very depressed, but not once has this thought crossed my mind. I have worked too hard, sacrificed too much to get to where I am right now....why would I throw that all away? Besides, I have more respect and compassion for my freinds and family than to ever do something like that. No need to worry
RainbowGirl
Member Elite
since 07-31-99
Posts 3167
United Kingdom


6 posted 11-24-1999 09:52 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Superb, as usual but I have to admit it scared me a little and then I had a bizzare thought that you'd seen me falling..:-)

Like other's, I've dealt with it as well...the key thing is to listen and not say automatically "things will get better" or "it happens to us all" and the worst one is "I understand"...so often when talking to someone in that situation they feel that they are the only person on earth to feel the way they do and they are because each person thinks, feels and reacts differently....ooops I've rambled, but it's close to my heart!

HUSG

------------------
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it...

[This message has been edited by RainbowGirl (edited 11-24-1999).]
WhtDove
Member Rara Avis
since 07-22-99
Posts 9561
Illinois


7 posted 11-24-1999 09:53 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

I know you've come through a lot Ruth, and I was very surprised at first. But as I read on I understood. It was just the importance of the matter and I think we've all learned by now never to just assume one will not attempt it.
I thought for a breif minute and then I knew better, but one can never be to sure!
HUGS to ya!
hoot_owl_rn
Member Patricius
since 07-05-99
Posts 11105
Glen Hope, PA USA


8 posted 11-24-1999 09:59 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Rainbow Girl...I was going to say, I'm sorry this frightened you too....but I decided that perhaps the fact that people were a bit taken back and frightened is a good thing. Maybe it will cause them to pay more attention to the ...as Paul Harvey would say..."rest Of The story". Suicide is a scary subject and one people should pay attention to.

Whtdove...Hugs and thanks. I have so many friends here on passions. I know if I ever need anything I can simple go to any of them and talk my heart out.
lostboy
Member
since 11-21-1999
Posts 284
New Hampshire, USA


9 posted 11-24-1999 10:06 AM       View Profile for lostboy   Email lostboy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for lostboy

I'm with you, scary but needs to be talked about. Like some of you, I have known a couple also. Recognizing the warning signs is key however. It's not always easy to pick up on other than thinking someones just feeling down.
Marge Tindal
Deputy Moderator 5 ToursDeputy Moderator 1 TourDeputy Moderator 1 TourDeputy Moderator 1 Tour
Member Empyrean
since 11-06-1999
Posts 43042
Florida's Foreverly Shores


10 posted 11-24-1999 10:08 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Ruth - My heart is sure with you on this one.
May you be richly blessed with love on this holiday of Thanksgiving.

------------------
~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
noles1@totcon.com
Echo Rhayne
Senior Member
since 09-17-99
Posts 1538
Canyon Country, CA


11 posted 11-24-1999 11:08 AM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

Good poem, I am just not going to say anything else...At least at this moment!


------------------
~*~ Time erases and rewrites all the lines. What remains is the poetry! ~*~

suthern
Deputy Moderator 1 TourDeputy Moderator 1 Tour
Member Seraphic
since 07-29-99
Posts 20770
on the threshold of a dream


12 posted 11-24-1999 11:26 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Not every "I understand" is an automatic comment or pablum offered from someone who can't think of anything else to say. I truly believe that some of the best intervention counselors are those who intimately know those pits of hell, who've walked the edges of that beckoning chasm... lived to learn that it can get better, and have the compassion to share that knowledge.

Great poem, Hoot.
hoot_owl_rn
Member Patricius
since 07-05-99
Posts 11105
Glen Hope, PA USA


13 posted 11-24-1999 11:38 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Lostboy and Marge...thank you both very much

Echo...I understand that amd I'm glad you are not one of the unreversable statistics my friend.

Suthern...Thank you and I couldn't agree more. When one lives through a terrible experience, they have a great deal more understanding of others going through rough times.
RainbowGirl
Member Elite
since 07-31-99
Posts 3167
United Kingdom


14 posted 11-24-1999 11:48 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Suthern/Hoot: I was actually referring to those that say it but that have *no* understanding of that particular situation/emotion...

Certainly the best counsellors have to be those that have lived a varied life and know the struggles involved in simple day to day managing to the more complex problems.

Just in case you read my remark incorrectly..

HUGS

------------------
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it...
hoot_owl_rn
Member Patricius
since 07-05-99
Posts 11105
Glen Hope, PA USA


15 posted 11-24-1999 12:11 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Rainbow...sorry, I knew what you meant on that one. Yes, you are correct, we don't always know what the other person is going through. Everyones reactions are a factor of many things....two people can have very similar life experiences and react very differently to them...genetics, socio/economic, religion, support systems, past experience...all these things and more effect how we look at what happens to us. No, we don't understand what that person is going through, only they really know for sure. The best thing we can do, is as you said, be there for them. Perhaps..."I'm not exactly sure of everything your going through, but I am here for you and will help you in anyway possible and support you in any way I can" is the best words we can say to anyone.
In turn, as Suthern said and I agreed, people who have lived through similar things do have a better understanding and are in a better situation to help than those who haven't.
Wow...think I better quit here with that one before Ron makes me move this entire post to Philosophy 101
Denise
Moderator
Member Seraphic
since 08-22-99
Posts 23002


16 posted 11-24-1999 12:40 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Excellent piece, Ruth. Heartwrenching. Too final a solution for usually temporary problems.

------------------
Denise

Poertree
Senior Member
since 11-05-1999
Posts 1413
UK


17 posted 11-24-1999 12:58 PM       View Profile for Poertree   Email Poertree   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poertree

Ruth,

Thanks for this insightful piece. I have known two, one very close to home I'm afraid. It's a world wide problem not openly talked about much here in the uk.

The last two lines say it all.

Philip
Munda
Member Elite
since 10-08-1999
Posts 3629
The Hague, The Netherlands


18 posted 11-24-1999 02:42 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

Ruth this is heartbreaking. Unfortunately I too have seen it happen around me and now a 13 year old, in my daughter's class is "announcing" suicide. Both her parents are psychiatrist and do not take this serious. Just got to talk to this girl, it's the least I can do. Thanks for this poem. It's amazing how many cries for help we miss daily.
JTF
Member
since 08-09-99
Posts 325
France


19 posted 11-24-1999 03:06 PM       View Profile for JTF   Email JTF   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for JTF

Hoot, I understand ... ooooops,sorry, French humour ... a very powerful poem on a tragic subject ... and very wise words ...
Dark Angel
Member Patricius
since 08-04-99
Posts 10270


20 posted 11-24-1999 04:34 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Ruth, this is very heartwrenching, I have to admit, you scared me there for a moment, Thank god I was wrong. I know of 1 that succeeded and 1 that didn't. An Excellent poem.

------------------
What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


Michael
Moderator
Member Ascendant
since 08-13-99
Posts 6333
California


21 posted 11-24-1999 04:50 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Wow, I've have known a few suicides, myself, but I had no idea the stats were so compelling on a nation wide basis. Powerful poem, Ruth, Night falls fast, indeed.

Michael
Isis
Member Ascendant
since 09-06-99
Posts 6390
Sunny Queensland


22 posted 11-24-1999 05:48 PM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

Ruth you naughty girl you scared me at first too!!! The statistics are shocking, I never realised either that they were that high. This one wins community message of the month!! Well done my friend

------------------
The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there IS to celebrate.
~Isis~
(Daughter of Mystery)


Andrew Scott
Member Elite
since 06-24-99
Posts 2655
Redlands,CA,USA


23 posted 11-24-1999 05:57 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Lady Hoot: I must admit I've never walked that path, nor have I known anybody personally who has attempted or succeeded. I suppose I'm one of those odd statistics that has never had to face this terrible situation. I've had friends and family die from just about everything else, but never the sheer feelings of hopelessness that drives one to such an act. In some small way I must be blessed.

You also made me skip a beat, but then my mind caught up to my heart and I knew you were beyond such selfishness. Always willing to be a sound-board. My best to you and yours, and be well our Lady Hoot, be well.
caroline
Senior Member
since 08-16-99
Posts 1251
http://members.xoom.com/bellad


24 posted 11-24-1999 06:48 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

hoot, thank you...you bring needed knowledge to light.

------------------
Time's fun when you're having flies~~Kermit the Frog


hoot_owl_rn will be notified of replies
 Post A Reply   Go to the Next Oldest/Previous Topic Return to Topic Page Go to the Next Newest Topic 
All times are ET (US) Top
  User Options
>> Archives >> Open Poetry #4 >> Night Falls Fast   [ Page: 1  2  ] Format for Better Printing EMail to a Friend Create a Greeting Card with this Poem
Print Send ECard

 

pipTalk Home Page | Main Poetry Forums

How to Join | Member's Area / Help | Private Library | Search | Contact Us | Today's Topics | Login
Discussion | Tech Talk | Archives | Sanctuary



© Passions in Poetry and netpoets.com 1998-2013
All Poetry and Prose is copyrighted by the individual authors