Brother John

You never forget the sound of the telephone ringing
At 6:30 in the morning.
You never forget the sound of your father’s voice.
You never forget the little lie he told because the awful truth
Was too much to bear in the morning’s bitter light.
You never forget the sound of your own voice
Wailing at the foot of the bed.

My brother John died of suicide twenty-four years ago today. If you need help, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the American Foundation for the Prevention of Suicide.

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