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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2019

Third Time’s A Charm

 

By David Boski

 

 

One of our last conversations 

involved him asking me why

we decided to bring him back

after his first suicide attempt.

I told him we didn’t know for 

sure that’s what it was:

he survived the second attempt as well

and now I was sitting in the living room

having a conversation I never thought

I would have with my father;

a conversation of death, a goodbye of sorts.

we were painting their house so that they

could prepare it for sale,

he could no longer walk up

the stairs to get to bed,

the couch is where he was forced to sleep,

nurses came to give him food and to

bathe him everyday.

I could see the pain in his eyes

as he told me that this was no longer life,

and he asked me to let him go in case

he didn’t quite get the job done again next time.

made me promise I would make sure my mother

and my sister did the same.

he reached out his hand, we shook and embraced.

I didn’t keep my promise, because I didn’t have to:

the third time was his charm, and he finally made it. 

 

 

David Boski lives in Toronto. His poems have appeared in The Dope Fiend Daily, The Rye Whiskey Review, Under The Bleachers, Spadina Literary Review, Duane’s Poetree, Horror Sleaze Trash, and elsewhere. He has forthcoming chapbooks being released by Analog Submission Press as well as Holy&intoxicated Publications this year.

Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2019