On a calm summer night


I ran across a poem at work the other day. My job involves a lot of copyediting, so I frequently browse the text without really reading it. This caught my attention though.

Richard Cory

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
‘Good-morning,’ and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich – yes, richer than a king –
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.

Edwin Arlington Robinson
Take a minute and let that sink in. I have never personally attempted suicide, but I know people who have, and I have considered it before. The people who are depressed are often perfectly normal looking. They will likely not tell you verbally that they are depressed or that they think life might not be worth it. You have to search it out….be there for them. Give them a reason to live. Please, next time you see someone who seems down, even in the slightest, don’t ignore it. Sometimes the most miserable people are the ones who are super friendly and look like they have it all together. If you ever see a flash of misery or an unguarded moment when they look depressed, notice it. They may be struggling. Suicide isn’t something you ignore. Take it seriously. You could save someone’s life.
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