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Julia Origo: Portrait of E.

 

 

 Portrait of E.

The short and desperate life of E. 
(the girl nobody noticed on November 4, 1990)
rubbing shoulders, smiling dreamily,
with a thought bubble above her head saying:
“I said I would NOT tear up”.

E. tied a ligature around her neck,
strangled herself in a similar fashion
as many times before.
Although on suicide watch,
in the short time she was unobserved
she did ENOUGH to starve herself of oxygen,
trigger brain damage.

In a vegetative state,
transferred to hospital,
she would not recover
A nightmare of guilt to follow
A decision to switch her off 
life support was made seven days later.

THE END
justifies the means.


Julia Origo

(from: Escape, 1991)

 

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