Ending the Pain

He surveys his life and wonders
when the disappointments will end,
if the disappointments will end.

There was a time when he could
handle them; a time before anyone
else was around to be affected.

Now, they are hurting.
Silently, deeply
hurting.

His wife,
their kids,
hurting.

Another disappointment is on
the horizon, threatening to take
away his last thread of hope.

In the top of his closet there
is something that can
end the pain.

He grabs it,
pulls it down,
and uses it.

Not a gun with
bullets to pierce
his flesh.

A Bible with
words to pierce
his heart.

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