Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Before the Discovery of Antidepressants
Two depressed people before learning of antidepressants --
Feel free to laugh...
May 1976 [More from Ye Olde Storage Boxes]
May had come, but there seemed to be a preoccupation
with dying. Jacob thought about suicide again.
He was back to burning himself alive on the steps
of the federal building; this time the signs say:
SAVE THE DOLPHINS!
SAVE THE WHALES!
How could he explain that this was the same as hoping
for his next breath.
DEATH POEM #1
He told Rocco (who had just finished months of work on
plans for another visionary building that he had no hope
would ever be built) about his suicide, and Rocco said his
latest suicide was to burn himself in the AIA office.
Jacob wondered how many people perfect their suicides,
polishing them on rainy days. Rocco proposed a movie
full of nothing but suicide scenes.
DEATH POEM #2: FOR A MOVIE FULL OF SUICIDES
Although I give the world its praise
I live without hope.
My necklace is the hanging rope.
I follow it across my days.
We come to a final bungalow, beyond
a tract of bungalows. It floats on weeds,
invisibly, where the royal ragged lover reads
his houses up from a drowning pond.