I Could Never Be So Brave

I Could Never Be So Brave

A Poem by Kelly Scheppers
"

...in memory of Sylvia Plath

"

I Could Never Be So Brave

                             

 

 

I could never

be so brave

to take my life

within my hands,

to feel it slip away

like it were sand

between my fingers.

 

to die a death

of asphyxiation,

a methodical means

of annihilation…

 

No, I could never

be so brave!

 





© 2018 Kelly Scheppers



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A difficult subject to write about, especially when it refers to Sylvia Plath. She gassed herself, leaving biscuits and milk for her two young children who were sleeping. She had previously tried before. She must have been driven to despair and I won't judge her. However I do think about the effect it had on her children and that her son also died by his own hands years later. An interesting write which gets you thinking. Thank you Kelly.

Posted 5 Months Ago


Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

I'd be happy to read it. Still finding my way round this site. Is there any way you can send it to m.. read more
Kelly Scheppers

5 Months Ago

I'd be delighted to send you a readers request. It's called an "RR". There's a box at the upper rig.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

5 Months Ago

I found it and I've sent one to you. Hope that is ok?
Gradually finding my way about. Thank y.. read more
Courage is often born from despair.
But sometimes it is channeled in the wrong direction.
I think you wrote this so well given the subject.
Well done.

Posted 5 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Months Ago

I appreciate that, Ana...so much. Thank you!
Ana Papaya

5 Months Ago

I think even the font choice adds to it you know? The lines are not so smooth, sort of delicate. An.. read more
It seems Sylvia Plath & my godmother had more than poetry in common......There is a sadness that is often said unspoken...............................A moving write indeed...Thank you Neville

Posted 5 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

5 Months Ago

That you were moved by the weight of my words truly touches me in return. Thank you for acknowledgi.. read more
Neville Pettitt

5 Months Ago

and I in turn feel compelled to write, my gratitude complete.....N ...
well, who knows what depths of despair can do to the mind ?

it is not for us to judge , but no, I personally could not hurt those left behind with such a sad memory.

Posted 6 Months Ago


Stella Armour

6 Months Ago

oh no ! not you as well... even my dr does it each time I walk through his door lol
Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

How cool is that, to be able to hear Brando utter your name? What a classic!
Stella Armour

6 Months Ago

haha ... it gets boring after a while
I`ve spent a long time reading and re-reading your poem, Kelly, trying to ask myself the right questions. I`ve not come up with anything insightful, both personally or in general, except perhaps that some among us value that which they have lost so much that they see no future. For me, having been married to the love of my life for forty-six years and then having lost her suddenly made me realise that despite my despair
I was basically just another mammal instinctively trying to persist another day - and then another.

Thanks for giving me such food for thought, Kelly. P

Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

It's truly all we can do, to take one day then another. Your avatar depicts a wise soul of a man, t.. read more
Wow, very profound, suicide is a horrible subject to talk about. Powerful read here

Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

It's always a thrill for me to gain a new reader. Thank you so much for the kindness you've brought.. read more
Yes, I understand the profound feeling here. Your poem is a lovely tribute to a gifted life taken by suicide. Your words are so analytical yet graceful and delicate and ask the answerless questions...who of us has not considered suicide when life is cruel, crushing and untenable...I am so sorry to know that you are going through difficult times dear Kelly. I thank you for your important, powerful poem and I send you light, strength, blessings and friendship.

Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

I deeply appreciate your concern for me, Annette, but I am truly fine. This was simply pure conject.. read more
Annette Pisano-Higley

6 Months Ago

Great to hear! You are so welcome my friend.:)
This is so strong! Who among us have not contemplated
taking that step into the "great unknown?" I edged this,
slightly in my "Dark Visitor." To reconcile oneself to the
inevitability of death or bringing it about by oneself is
the ultimate act of bravery or cowardice.

Please - take care - Dave

Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

Going through some changes I am finding most difficult, but I am determined to pull through. Thank .. read more
Me either. New world. Assisted suicide. This scare me. I understand this poem Kelly. Give me a few more days over death. Willingly. Thank you for sharing your powerful and worthwhile thoughts.
Coyote

Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

I'm finding it's a subject most people don't agree upon. Many thanks, John!
Coyote Poetry

6 Months Ago

A difficult subject. You are welcome my friend.
It takes great guts and bravery to choose to let your life end and take control of the life within, such pain and sadness unexplainable to lead to that place of mind..great words🌹

Posted 6 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

6 Months Ago

Please let me know your name. It was very kind of you to comment!
‘Thoughts In Time’🌹

6 Months Ago

Kelly is my name , it’s my pleasure🌹

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Added on February 11, 2018
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Kelly Scheppers
Kelly Scheppers

San Diego, CA



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