Promise: A Poem

Saturday, September 10, 2016 is World Suicide Prevention Day.
If you are struggling with depression, this is for you.
Be kind to yourself. Talk to someone. Stay alive.
And if you need help right now, text START to 741-741, the Crisis Text Line.


I see you standing there.
You’re by yourself, head bowed
As though the world is tied to your shoulders,
And maybe it is.

You think you’re on your own,
But I promise I’m here.
You are not alone.

You are so close to the cliff’s edge,
And you wonder if anyone would care,
If anyone would even notice?
I promise I would, and my heart would break
Into so many pieces that they could not be counted.

Please take one step back,
And breathe.
Breathe the fresh air into your lungs,
That is the feeling of life.

You are living.

Take another step back,
It’s okay, I promise, can’t you feel your heart beating?
That is life, and so are you.

You are not alone, I’m here,
Take my hand and hold on as tightly as you can,
Don’t worry if you break my fingers, I don’t care.

Just please hold on.

Your bowed shoulders are shaking,
The weight more than you can bear,
So give me half the burden, I don’t mind.

You want to go back to the edge,
But I refuse to let you go.

Please don’t go.

You think that your crying will shake me away,
But it won’t.
You can cry all you want, I don’t mind,
I’ll cry with you.
And you can wipe your eyes on my shirt when you’re done.

You keep looking back over your shoulder,
The edge is still there, it is clawing at you.
I’ll stand between you and the darkness,
I’ll beat it back with a stick, with my bare hands,
I’ll catch you by your ankles if you fall,
And I will pull you back.

You are life.
You are life.
You are life.

I know you are scared, and you want to leave,
But please, please stay.

I know it’s hard, and it hurts,
But please don’t go.
I see you, I am here,
I’ll hold your hand, I promise.

You are not alone.



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Promise: A Poem

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