Colin's Choice

by Anne Engelen

Chosen tree

Desperate soul’s exit

Door to an endless road


Author's Note: Colin chose this tree to help him leave this world on Feb. 5th 2004

Posted on 02/13/2004
Copyright © 2021 Anne Engelen

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Mara Meade on 02/13/04 at 10:21 PM

Heart-breaking, Anne. I hope you find comfort, small though it is, in the fact that it was his choice.

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 02/14/04 at 12:42 AM

Yes, from your journal including his closing letter, it appears his mind was made up. How tragic that he felt so oppressed by this world. You begin to come to terms with it vividly here, Anne. A long process I'm sure, for you are left with the others, to feel the pain. Know you're not alone.

Posted by Christina Bruno on 02/14/04 at 04:56 PM


Posted by Quinlan L Gibson on 02/14/04 at 07:37 PM

What a beautiful expression of how this is seen through your eyes and processed into your poetry. I love the tribute in this, sad as it is.

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 02/15/04 at 05:42 AM

Its an endless road, life and death.Life being part of the death and death of life. A great tribute to a great friend.

Posted by Karl Waldbauer on 02/17/04 at 06:58 AM

As always, your poetry expresses both your keen mind and very sensitive heart.

Posted by Graeme Fielden on 02/17/04 at 05:17 PM

Such eloquent saddness...

Posted by Rula Shin on 02/17/04 at 08:29 PM

Beautiful. I feel your heart throbbing somehow...maybe it's the title. An aching but tremendously beautiful tribute.

Posted by Max Bouillet on 02/17/04 at 10:47 PM

I read the journal entry and do not know what to say. The pain that must go into a decision of this magnitute is beyond me. I hope you are doing fine.

Posted by J. P. Davies on 02/18/04 at 08:15 AM

My friends dad just killed himself, I know how she is feeling so that gives me more to think about when I read this poem. It's so sad when any life is cut short...stay strong.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 02/18/04 at 02:20 PM

brief and bittersweet your poem Anne and gives new meaning to the tree of life.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 02/19/04 at 02:35 PM

Your short poem has quite the sad impact. Reminds me of my high school days, when a fellow student chose the same route...and method of departure.

Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 02/20/04 at 08:57 PM

tragic in a neverending way... you have displayed this tragedy well... my condolences... blessings...

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