Maladroit Souls

“Did you really want to die?”

“No one commits suicide because they want to die.”

“Then why do they do it?”

“Because they want to stop the pain.” 

― Tiffanie DeBartolo, How to Kill a Rock Star

The souls of those with self- inflicted wounds
whose cries in the black night fall in silence
searching for an end to their awkward pain
stumbling, tumbling, falling ~
defeated, they give in ~
to the cloud of darkness
plaguing their distorted, contorted mind
leaving behind ~
those they loved and adored who will never
be able to rest or comprehend
for theirs are the innocent hearts
who will pay the ultimate cost
of living the rest of their lives
with clumsy unanswered questions of
Why, Why, Why forever.

©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg

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Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 23 years, and her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. 
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36 Comments on “Maladroit Souls

    • I will never understand it, although my life has been touched by it on quite a few occasions. And some were very close and dear. Yesterday, we attended a memorial service for someone who had ended their life. The act leaves behind such devastation.

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  1. Yes, they commit suicide to end their pain, but leave a legacy of pain for their loved ones to carry. It is so sad.

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  2. So sad and so true, Linda. It is often those they loved and adored who drive them to those self- inflicted wounds, because they misunderstand or don’t even try to understand, until it’s too late to ask why.

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  3. …a brief moment of giving in to the demons and pain… it is a hard fight, for sure. It is hard for those who love a person who commits suicide – if only the person knew how much pain they will cause – but that’s the crux of the matter – the person often thinks that by taking their life they are not causing any more pain. What a vicious circle.

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  4. I once met a psychiatrist who opined that suicide is always an act of aggression – against someone in the person’s life. I don’t agree that that is always the case, but I think it sometimes is … thinking of particular ones I’ve known.

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  5. Poignant truths and balanced compassion for the ones who leave and the ones left behind. I’m so sorry for your losses, Linda.

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  6. The pain of suicide is like a black hole, pulling everything in it’s monstrous orbit. And there’s no sense to be found in its cold center.

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