Final Minutes

One of the bulbs in the hallway is out

Maybe I should change it


I loop the tie around the banister

Check the knot for tightness

It is pressing uncomfortably below my jaw

And around the bottom of my back hairline

I try to think about the paper I forgot to do

The phone call I didn't return to Leah

And other things left


The announcement at school

But the pressure pushing down in my chest just returns

Forcing out the other thoughts

Strange peace

Swallow hard

Author's Notes/Comments: 

about another kid who took his own life when  i was in middle school

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