The Note

Drawing by Cy Twombly

What began someone’s suicide note

Became doctrine for the nation.

Men with mightier-than-the-sword pen wrote:

“May we all attain such convicting declaration.”

©2017, Amaya Engleking




  1. starmanjones · January 20, 2017

    Rorshak and the Whispers say such lies within it the shade of lillies of the Valley….in those Shadowy walks through that valley .

  2. Singledust · March 30, 2017

    the pen and sword two very iconic and ironic tools for justice and yet can create more lies than it creates peace. lovely lines for more deep thinking.

    • Gospel Isosceles · March 30, 2017

      Yeah, we as writers tend to find that phrase inspiring, but the pen can be used by “the enemy”, writing (and often dooming) the fates of many people. There is one Law that doesn’t need to be written, but I get the feeling they don’t want you to know that… I appreciate your comment, Gina.

      • Singledust · March 30, 2017

        you have much wisdom I am very touched by your gentleness yet strength that comes through the words

  3. Grace · March 30, 2017

    Perhaps it is so ~ Only in looking back, can we really determine if the message truly is the truth or not ~

    • Gospel Isosceles · March 30, 2017

      Regardless of how passionate the note is, to run a nation based on its sentiment is sensationalist and damning, let alone promoting LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.

  4. hypercryptical · March 30, 2017

    Cleverly done. Truth becomes lies and lies become truth…such is this world of ours.
    Kind regards
    Anna :o]

    • Gospel Isosceles · March 30, 2017

      Yes, it often seems America especially functions like an arrogant and highly troubled adolescent. What teenager isn’t “right”?

  5. frankhubeny · March 30, 2017

    I don’t know what event this refers to, but I agree that words are more powerful than we give them credit for. They can be damaging. I suspect thoughts can also cause damage.

    • Gospel Isosceles · March 31, 2017

      I’d like to say it were purely an imaginative little piece, but I’m not sure that’s entirely true. Thanks, Frank.

  6. Beverly Crawford · March 30, 2017

    …and we are many captured by the irony of it all.

  7. whimsygizmo · March 30, 2017

    Wow. Powerful words here. Well done.

  8. Sumana Roy · March 31, 2017

    a thousand rubbing of lies becomes truth in the process in this post truth world that is seen and overlooked by the mightier than etc. men….quills and pens are sold to power these days…sigh…

  9. paul scribbles · March 31, 2017

    As the great thinker j. Krishnamurti once said, ‘the truth is a pathless land’

  10. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) · March 31, 2017

    Really admire the thought how words can be recycled to something entirely different… but maybe it’s better to turn a suicide to hope than the other way around.

  11. Logan · March 31, 2017

    I would say that the irony here lies not in,’the pen being mightier than the sword.” But that we assume the writer has any intelligence to lead at all.

    • Gospel Isosceles · April 3, 2017

      Bingo. Actually, the original version of this poem was just the first two lines.

  12. Sabio Lantz · April 1, 2017


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