The On Being Project

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“No Hemlock Rock” (don’t kill yourself)

Don't kill yourself. Don't kill yourself.
 Don't. Eat a donut, be a blown nut.
 That is, if you're going to kill yourself,
 stand on a street corner rhyming
 seizure with Indonesia, and wreck it with
 racket. Allow medical terms.
 Rave and fail. Be an absurd living ghost,
 if necessary, but don't kill yourself.
 Let your friends know that something has
 passed, or be glad they've guessed.
 But don't kill yourself. If you stay, but are
 bat crazy you will batter their hearts
 in blooming scores of anguish; but kill
 yourself, and hundreds of other people die.

Poison yourself, it poisons the well.
 Shoot yourself, it cracks the bio-dome.
 I will give badges to everyone who's figured
 this out about suicide, and hence
 refused it. I am grateful. Stay. Thank
 you for staying. Please stay. You
 are my hero for staying. I know
 about it, and am grateful you stay.
 Eat a donut. Rhyme opus with lotus.
 Rope is bogus, psychosis. Stay.
 Hocus Pocus. Hocus Pocus.
 Dare not to kill yourself. I won't either.

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