Tuesday, 2 July 2013

A Poem About Mental Health

Instead of Killing Yourself by Derrick C. Brown

wait until
a year from now
where you say,
“Holy fuck,
I can’t believe I was going to kill myself before I etcetera’d
before I went skinny dipping in Tennessee,
made my own IPA,
tried out for a game show,
rode a camel drunk,
skydived alone,
learned to waltz with clumsy old people,
photographed electric jellyfish,
built a sailboat from trash,
taught someone how to read,
etc. etc. etc.”

The red washing
down the bathtub
can’t change the color of the sea
at all.

A poem by this man, found on this blog. Mental (ill) health is an issue forever close to my own heart, I'm sure we all have stories where we wish we could go back in time and do a simple thing like give someone a hug, make a cup of tea, or show them a little poem like this. Most importantly, I guess, look out for yourself. Don't deny yourself what you need, know how to make yourself happy. Self-knowledge is the greatest tool we possess.

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