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I'm at the end

'I'm at the end of my rope'
she says
and I'm inclined
to believe her.
I can't help but bring to mind
images of nooses
and career criminals
of bygone eras,
their pasts at last caught
up with them,
all that running over,
the crowd that's gathered
to witness their execution
by their calm demeanour,
surprised by their
complete lack
of agitation.
But is it really
such a shock,
that these characters
look upon their death
as they'd look upon
any other incident,
any other inevitability
of life.

'I'm at the end of my rope,'
she says,
and I nod.

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