Poemdog

Dogs 2018

JUST LEAN INTO IT
(4/28/18)

I admit

my ignorance
is classically
abysmal

I think
of suicides
in the standard
ways

jump

gunshot

overdose

and
of course
hanging

I was unaware
of the endless
variations
on those themes

for instance
I did not know
that someone
could hang themselves
in a seated
position

at least
not until
one was discovered
in my garage
apartment

he seemed
peaceful
just sitting there
on the floor

no bloating

grotesque
bulging
of eyes

swelling
of tongue

looking
merely
as if had
fallen asleep
entangled

I wanted
to tell him
to get up

to quit causing
all of this
commotion

outside
the officer
told me
that it could be
a very tranquil
way to go

"asphyxiation
can be euphoric
you know

and virtually
cleanup
free"

he was saying
things
to keep me
calm

but I was
already
that way
due to the
apparent ease
of demise

although
I declined
his suggestion
to have a seat

to relax