Mental Health UNawareness

TRIGGER CAUTION. This poem deals with abuse, self-harm, and suicide. Please remember that there’s a difference between awareness that intervenes and awareness that notes a life’s passing. I’ve witnessed those who knew better turn away, not just from me, but others. It’s a rewarding moment when you make a difference. It was for me when I held a stranger’s hand and listened.

Please, be aware, save a life, and remember this is Mental Health Awareness Month, but that awareness should extend throughout the year.

Below is a glimpse of that place I’ve been and never want to see again…

Photo: CA Hawthorne
Photo: CA Hawthorne
Fleeing,
hiding,
no escaping the past,
self-harm.

Kneeling,
reeling,
holding tight the emptiness,
overcome.

Misery,
apathy,
the gift of nothingness,
alone.

Clear tears,
red tears,
both running away
as one.

Crying,
failing,
she released an exhale
and was gone.

©May 2018, May 2021
Christina Anne Hawthorne

About Christina Anne Hawthorne

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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