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Mental illness...

Mental illness...

"She's always like that" what if that's what's gave her the knife?
"That's just the way she is" what if that's made her contemplate life?
Should this be brushed off and never be challenged?
Souls are vulnerable and hearts should be cherished!

"Mental health, I don't even know my own strength"
"How can I accept love, if I don't know my own wealth"
"Don't tell me to pass this test!"
"All I will do, is my up most best!"

If tears trickle down my cheek, will you be there to speak for the weak?
If I taste the salt of my tears, will you see my fears and support my career?
Let's not assume that people hold on as strong as you
Let's not succumb to society, and become blind false truth

The battle is real, you may not believe, but I'm the one that dreams
At an age I'm at now, I watch the children grow and breathe
People talk to me, their belief I steal, I'm not what you see
I maybe me, I maybe Wayne, but I assure you, I caress my own pain

"Mental health, I don't even know my own strength"
"How can I accept love, if I don't know my own wealth"
"Don't tell me to pass this test!"
"All I will do, is my up most best!"

I've woke up crying under the sheets because I feel so weak
Nobody has the right to control someone, no matter how they feel
I've wiped my tears on the corner of my patterned sheet
I swear, this is the last time my mascara runs and I cry myself to sleep

If you stare at me, don't see a reflection, try to see your own affection
I'm fine, the delusion I hide is between me and human creation
Why do I feel that when I speak up, people shut me down?
At times I'm just the lonely brave wanting to be found...

"Mental health, I don't even know my own strength"
"How can I accept love, if I don't know my own wealth"
"Don't tell me to pass this test!"
"All I will do, is my up most best!"
All I will do,
All I can do,
Is all that I possess...

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deano

Mental health i hard subject to write about unless you have had first hand experience yourself or someone close by, I know firsthand what it's like to fight the battle - but still haven't found the right words to express it just yet, well done Wayne
much love Deano xo

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Richard Waters

Having some experiences of the mental health system in the UK I found this piece interesting. Mental illness should be treated like any other ailment with proper examinations, diagnosis and rehabilitative mechanisms in place. Thank you for highlighting this cause for better allocation of resources and funds.
Wishing you well.
 

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Wayne Stubbs

Very true Richard, this illness leads to suicide, I'm sure that the percentages would be there, it's seems to be a lot more in these times, and in my opinion the process of handling someone with such illness should be a lot better and affective, 
thanks for your comment Richard 😊

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Cherie Sumner Taylor

Mental illness is the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed condition.  It is pacified by medications and judged by critical eyes that do not understand....I truly hope it becomes treated with more compassion and real help.  Great awareness write. xo ;)

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Wayne Stubbs

Very true Cherie, in this day and age with such pressures brought on by quite a lot of situations, most certainly, they should be more resources out there, thanks for your comment Cherie 😊

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Tina

Hi Wayne. Wow, what a write!  Mental illness is just that, an Illness. A dangerous one, life threatening. The answer is not always pills and yet pills is all they seen to want to give. Yes, is some cases they are needed and they work. But often therapy and support is what is truly needed. Especially support. Support, too, for the loved ones of someone who is suffering because often the loved ones can feel out of their depth.  Should you succumb to some sort of mental illness and find your way into the system you find the system is very, very slow. In my opinion there are not enough resources. 

A good, thought provoking write, Wayne!

Tina x

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Wayne Stubbs

Thanks so much, ive just came this comment, very true Tina, thanks for your support 😊💓

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charlotte

hello wayne, i have mental health issues and it can be hard to deal with at times.

this line stood out for me

Why do I feel that when I speak up, people shut me down?
At times I'm just the lonely brave wanting to be found''

this makes me think of all those people who simply do not want to '' listen '' to ones sadness or pain , or do not want to listen to words about mental health , almost  '' ignorance''' '' discrimination '' lack of wanting to understand .

 

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Wayne Stubbs

Sorry to hear, I hope you cope as well as you can, I think people who have mental illness can relate to this piece, and as you say they're people out there who like to blanket the whole situation, thanks Charlotte 😊

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Shorty Green

Love this poem hun it's very true about how hard mental health is. X

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Wayne Stubbs

Very true, we have depth that even the strongest can't swim in, thanks for reading my work Shorty 😊

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Wayne Stubbs

This poem along with a few others of mine are in an exhibition in Preston to highlight mental health issues and how people used to be treat 😊

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