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Hemingway has nothing on us ......verse

Updated on January 12, 2014
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Go ahead pull that trigger
I've tasted the gun metal in my mouth too
"Oh I could just kill myself"
Truth of the matter is the world
probably won't stop for you
or I

But that's just the way it is Earnest
the party just rolls on
They will still awaken the morning
after the funeral and
make coffee

The delivery trucks will still
arrive early off loading
the tinkling bottles
the ice man too
and the newspapers plopped
down on the sidewalk

No my friend I think not
you've got nothing on the
rest of us
but peace of mind
And that's only if you don't
believe the rumors
Tell me
tell me
would you do it again?


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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Thank you so much all ! You help me to understand Hemmingway as well !............Ed

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Loved this Ed. Sad thoughts of creativity ended by death.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Hemingway was ill with cancer at the time if I remember correctly from my studies. I think he did find peace for himself by taking his life. He had lived such an active, physical life, that the thought of a disintigrating body was more than he could accept. Your poem though is interesting and you bring up a good point - what those left behind do and think. I have always enjoyed his writings and he left quite a legacy behind.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Ed - Very somber, very intense. Just fascinating. I love it! Theresa

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      You have brought about an issue that many victims of suicide discuss: do they even consider how it will affect those left behind? Some do, but others don't. I am not an advocate for it, but you just wonder why they believe peace will follow. Very good poetry and thoughts to consider on Hemmingway.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A great poem and thoroughly inspiring Ed. Voted up of course.


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      Lee Barton 3 years ago from New Mexico

      Great poem! I'm not normally a poetry reader, but I am a Hemingway reader. Yes, I think Hemingway would do it again. He was suffering from debilitating depression and had lost (or felt he had lost) his powers of creativity.

      I really enjoyed reading this poem!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love your creativity. As you say, the world keeps right on turning so why not stay as long as you can. Suicide only hurts the ones you left behind. enjoyed very much. Thank you..

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      This poem is smart, dark, and witty. I enjoyed every line.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, that is a creative poem there dear Ed! Yes, he would probably do it again, as misc-disc indicated ... out of pride.

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      Enjoy your Sunday,

      Faith Reaper

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      misc-disc 3 years ago from Greater Earth Area

      He'd do it again. He killed himself out of pride; nothing else.