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A Day In The Life of Edward Collins

Updated on August 6, 2013

He woke up knowing it would end TODAY.

A meticulous thinker and planner, it was detailed in every WAY.

Since losing his wife and three daughters, Eddie was never the SAME.

Life became an oblivion of anger and grief, with no happiness to CLAIM.

His family had been in a head on collision with a drunk DRIVER.

What a horrific scene, there was not one SURVIVOR.

At the crash site, they were able to recover his wife Katie's cell PHONE.

Everyday for a year, he calls to hear her voice mail greeting when he's painfully ALONE.

Eddie was once a large man, but had been reduced by about 30 to 45 POUNDS.

Hearing children laughing were painful, brutal, and tortuous SOUNDS.

He knew it would end today.

The days grew longer.

He failed to grow stronger.

Eddie saw no other way.

On this day he had no DOUBT.

No longer did he care if this was the easy way OUT.

That morning he was prepared for whatever the day may BRING.

He treated himself to a breakfast fit for a KING.

After that, for well over a hour, he screamed and he CRIED.

Torn about giving up, when he had surely TRIED.

Nothing seemed to cure his HEARTACHE.

The time had come, there was no more he could TAKE.

He knew it would end today.

No longer motivated by pride.

A shell of himself, he was hollow inside.

Eddie saw no other way.

He hopped in his car and drove to his chosen SPOT.

Determined to follow through, after thinking about changing his mind a LOT.

The Eagles' Hotel California, was his favorite song and he kept it on repeat the whole WAY.

Not a cloud was in the sky, you couldn't ask for a more beautiful DAY.

As the song continued to play, Eddie pulled over and off the ROAD.

Retrieving a revolver from the glove compartment, he slowly began to LOAD.

Deep in his heart, he wanted to keep this SIMPLE.

Though trembling, he steadied his right hand and pressed the barrel up against his TEMPLE.

POW! That was the sound when the round fragmented his brain.

Instantly, he was relieved of all stress, grief, and pain.

The Hotel California, hauntingly played on and on and on.

His eyes were wide open, but Eddie was gone.









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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Man of Strength,

      I'm never disappointed at your hubs and this one just blew me away. You have such an ability to tell a story within a poetic verse! I read with a kind of urgency and anticipation. This is tragically excellent!

      (I don't know if it's just me, but the video is displaying a message and it won't play... here's another one if you want it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ9-aD7NdHQ )

      I hit all kinds of buttons and I'm sharing too!

      Looking forward to the next one!

      Cat

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      benny Faye Douglass 4 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you dear heart. God bless you. Faye

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      I agree 100% and you have a blessed evening as well.

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      benny Faye Douglass 4 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Man of Strength, I am glad it was fictional, but my comment is for real to anyone that may contemplate the idea of suicide. I'm a person that depend on God to help us through all things and that means, someone thinking about escaping this hard life we sometimes live. like I said the poem was awesome just a bit to sad, but it's all good. You have a blessed evening. creativeone59

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Thanks so much for stopping by. That's so true. HE will help us through all things. This was purely fictional, though.

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      benny Faye Douglass 4 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      That was beautiful, but oh so sad, if he could have only mustered up the strength to seek God out, he might have learn that there is always another way. It Breaks my heart to hear of such tragedy of suicide, when only talking to God, might have given someone the will to live. Continue with your writing and may God bless you in all good things that you do. Godspeed, creatveone59

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      that was too far.

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Thanks Martin. I wasn't sure if I went too fat. I'm glad you liked it.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Brilliant and powerful verse. thank you

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Thank you. I didn't know if the ending would be too much or not. Thanks again for reading.

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      Whoa. Intense and raw. Great writing.

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hi Jan,

      Thank you for your encouragement. Your kind words are very much appreciated.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Great flashback tune, Man of Strength. Powerful poem, very sad. The build up to the end was palpable. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up, awesome, and sharing.