35 years later by J.J. Campbell

the first time
i ever thought
about suicide
was at age eight

i finally came
to terms with
being molested
at age four and
decided i wanted
out

but i never could
climb the ladder
or tie the noose
and go through
with it

i learned many
years later you
have to snuff out
any will to live in
the body to achieve
the goal

thirty-five years
later and the world
has put me on the
edge of the future
my eight-year-old
self dreamt about

each night while
hoping for something
better

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