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Poetry: "Did I Tell You" by Israel Collier


Did I—
tell you ‘bout the
time I denied
my attempted suicide?
Did I
tell you ‘bout the
time that I
tried
in fact to
crawl under a rock and die?

I did!
I did!
…thought to slit my wrists,
vertical you see,
jump off a bridge,
smack the ground,
Boston cream’d,
not needles or pills,
not pipes or booze…

Did I
tell you ‘bout the
time I denied
my attempted suicide?
Did I
tell you ‘bout the
time that I
tried…
I tried in fact to
crawl under a rock and die?


For a second I thought
if I could just hide
from the ugly, the failures
the poverty and fakers…
But I changed my mind,
I fried my lapse
of judgement see,
of foolish
and dwelled instead
on the good,
the need.




Did I
tell you ‘bout the
time I denied
my attempted suicide?
Did I
tell you ‘bout the
time that I—
tried
in fact to
crawl under a rock and die?


Did I?
Did I?
I mustn’t have cuz
you’d know that I,
I tried it a couple times!
Well, in my head at least
I pictured the noose
and errthaaaang,
But then I thought
Naaaah—
I can’t.
I got too much to live for,
Too much to do and see…
I got responsibilities.


Did I
tell you ‘bout the
time I denied
my attempted suicide?
Did I
tell you ‘bout the
time that I
tried—
I tried in fact to
crawl under a rock and die?

But I didn’t succeed.
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