What drives a man to suicide
it’s not a cheating wife
it’s not the death of a family member
it’s not the loss of faith
or in god
it’s not any deep personal or philosophical reason
It’s the mild toothache that drives him
the last straw
the browned chip in a bag of chips
it’s the last time he forgot his keys
it’s the last electricity bill that he can’t afford
Suicide is the smallest suffering
that falls upon the heaviest man’s pile.
A falling feather that sets on a mountain.
Suicide is the heat of a summer day
in an uninsulated apartment.
Suicide is finding out the milk is spoiled
after pouring a bowl of cereal.
And suicide is the dishes being all dirty
with no money to eat out.
It’s not the tragedies that drive a man to suicide
it’s the minor inconveniences and
The late paycheck
and the cat that ignores you
even though it’s the only love you’ve got.