Tom Hamilton is an Irish Traveler. He currently lives with the
clan known as the Mississippi Travelers. His work has appeared in over
seventy publications including 'Bathtub Gin', 'The Rockford Review' and
the 'Old Crow Review' among many others. Along with his wife Mary
Theresa and their two small daughters, Tiffany and Hope Ann, he lives
in Memphis TN.
As it turned out, committing suicide wasn't even all that difficult. In fact, when Doctor Burke told his colleagues about Pat's request for assisted suicide, it was like he'd placed a "Help Wanted" sign on Pat's chest.
The involuntary thrashing of his muscles ceased and Pat's movements settled as his mind slipped into a new sleep. And one of his questions was answered immediately: the slumber of death was a conscious sleep.