The Delta Statement

Five Seconds; or The Time it Takes to Decide

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right now

          four drafts of suicide

stuffed in pocket –

an extension

cord

wrap

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

               decaying

               becoming


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About the Writer
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 fall 2018. Once a DSU alumnus, Kole plans to begin his journey as a high school English teacher in Jackson, Mississippi. Along with teaching, they would like to be more involved in the political literary sphere. Kole is the Delta Arts Editor of DSU’s The Delta Statement. Having interests in literature and music, Kole enjoys reading and writing poetry, listening to records, producing noise music, and spreading communist propaganda. Check out their band camp page to hear some weird/cool noise music! pasmoi

-Bio by Stormy Ferrell, Publisher
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