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Death From Exposure


Arlette Fleischer

A poem about expreriences of violence and depression.

Content warning: mentions violence, depression, death.

That winter.
We missed her stark face at work.
Days till she was found,
under his veranda.

Even student torturers 
used to go in awe.
She had his key
It made no sense all she could have done.

Depression exhausts the mind
she phone up no response she drives up
straight to his place in the mountains
down a side road frost all day
you knock.

what next? 
you cant manage what next.
Back at last, he finds her car.
she crawled in under among the firewood 
quite often the world is not round.

If you are thinking about suicide or experiencing a personal crisis, help is available.
Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or chat to someone online (external link).

If you are affected by violence you can contact 1800RESPECT for counselling, support and referral.
Call 1800 737 732 or chat to someone online (external link). If you are in immediate danger, call 000.

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This story is tagged under:

Life Choices
Taking Part
Sex and Your Body
Safety and violence
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