Hotline, Bob Dylan Sensual Music

By Juliana Lillehei


"Hotline" by Alex (

“Hotline” by Alex (

If I called the Suicide Hotline right now, this is what I would tell them.

I would tell them, Hey, Suicide Hotline. This is Anonymous.

They’d say, Hey, Anonymous, this is the Suicide Hotline.

I’d say, Yes, I know, and they’d say What can we help you with today?

Well, Suicide Hotline, I’d say, I could do with a little suicide right now.

Okay, Suicide Hotline would say. They sell Swiss Army knives at most hardware stores. Make sure you slit vertically.

Hold on a second, I’d say. Suicide Hotline, aren’t you supposed to talk me out of it?

Suicide Hotline would sound annoyed.

We are the Suicide Hotline, Suicide Hotline would say. You called us to talk about suicide, and we are here to help you.

Suicide Hotline is an underpaid blue-collar worker.

Yes, I would tell Suicide Hotline, so aren’t you going to help me?

If you don’t want to purchase a knife, Suicide Hotline would sigh, drink every household cleaner you kind find. As fast as you can.

You’re supposed to talk me out of it, I’d insist.

You want the Suicide Hotline to talk you out of suicide? And Suicide Hotline would laugh. Would you also like us to convert your oxygen into carbon dioxide for you?

What? Suicide Hotline would not be making any sense.

There are some things, Suicide Hotline would say, that you’ve got to do for yourself. Living is one of them.

And Suicide Hotline would hang up on me.

Bob Dylan Sensual Music

Rip and tear me
Bleed and scare me

I want you to knife me through
Bury me or save me

My primordial blood
Carries mud
Carries shit
Carries bits
Of bits and bits
Of father’s fits
Of mother’s nights
Of sickly fights
Of saving flights
Of fancy

I am a cut
that throbs against
Red current
A scourge

It’s doom and gloom
We rush the room
Shake foundation
Shoot sensation

Your breath suffocates
Sharp love resuscitates

I love it when you
Lean too far
Press too hard
Crack my hip bone
Make my eyes sweat
Make my eyes moan

My careless blood
Should surge in flood
Please bury me or save me.


Juliana LilleheiJuliana Lillehei is a tenderfoot writer based in Minneapolis. She works as an early literacy tutor and enjoys watching urban wildlife.

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  1. Lindsey says:

    Oh my gosh. I love your poem Sensual Music. It is truly beautiful. Thank you for writing!

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