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March 2006, vol 2 no 1

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Timothy Hawkes

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Thousands have leaped to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge. One man, who survived, tells his story. "I told myself that if someone-anyone bothered to talk to me, to see if I was okay, I wouldn't jump." Near the middle of the span, a woman stops him and asks, "Would you mind taking my picture?" He takes her picture. She says, "thanks," and leaves. Then he jumps.

lone gull . . .
the cold sting
of the steel rail

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