Death of a Student

No medical miracles for a teenager

in flip-flop shoes and short skirts.

She’d planned a major in psychology

at a state university, but the call of Ecstasy,

like the song of Sirens, brought her

crashing to the rock. No harps, no hymns.

–excerpt from “Death of a Student” in Hanging Like Hope from the Equinox by Donna Pucciani (virtual artists collective, Chicago 2013). First published in JAMA.

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