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Five Seconds; or The Time it Takes to Decide

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          four drafts of suicide

stuffed in pocket –

an extension



around neck

not enough alcohol

to last through the chokes

and spit

I am my little brother’s

birthday. I am in the mouth

of a dog – managing

not to get caught between

it’s teeth. I am a single

            leaf of grass



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Kole Oakes, Delta Arts Editor

Kole Oakes, 25, is from Batesville, Miss., and studies English education at Delta State University. Kole is currently a senior and will be graduating...