“Do you think most people
are incapable of understanding
that sometimes, a suicide
is a final act of reconciling
the physical body with
an interior life ended years ago?
Do you suppose that they might someday see that
the act might be organically corrective;
that sometimes the soul passes long before
the shell of the soul breaks
and whatever has compelled the body to fight on
Do you think they will ever understand us?
And if you could know for certain
that they would understand,
before or after the fact?
Wouldn’t that make it easier?”
I turned to see who was speaking.
Our room was so full,
it could have been everyone.