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…
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