Snowflake on a Ledge

by Lioness   Jul 28, 2012

If only the weight was
lifted off your shoulders
before you jumped off
that ledge, you would have
felt as light as a snowflake,

perhaps the fall wouldn't
have been so daunting.

Perhaps then you wouldn't
have jumped at all.

I often wonder what
goes on inside the mind
of someone contemplating
on taking their own life,
all I see is the aftermath
of blood stained sheets
that cover your lifeless
body and protects you
from view.

Even after the streets are
cleaned and your remains
are gathered for your farewell,
you will always endure
in the hearts of those who loved
you most, and those who
witnessed your demise.

I know that you will remain in

If only you were as
light as a snowflake,
perhaps then you wouldn't
have jumped at all.

*** I wrote this poem dedicated to the man who committed suicide last Friday in the street of where I work in Sydney and we could see the tent that the police had covered his body with from the office view ***


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  • 9 years ago

    by Amy

    Such tragedy you penned so well.. Beautiful tribute.

  • 9 years ago

    by Jenna Bella Oldridge

    Liz, this poem really moved me and spoke to my heart. I think you did well covering this topic and I liked your title as I thought it was well picked.

    Beautiful piece yet sad too


  • 9 years ago

    by nourayasmine

    I missed your writes. Where are you?

  • 9 years ago

    by TJ Arizona Eagle

    What a tragic thing.. to be so desperate to end it all. I know the feeling and it's one of isolation. Excellent write about complete sadness.

  • 9 years ago

    by Darren

    It couldn't have been easy to witness this and writing a poem will help. I like how you show great compassion for somebody you didn't know yet took the time to step back and appreciate the hurt some people will feel from this.
    A snowflake is such an innocent image and works well with this. You haven't judged him in any way, you have tried to understand his plight.
    Very clever ending, ties the whole thing together.

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