As September was Suicide Prevention Month and our family lost someone the last week of August to suicide I felt that we should explore this topic with our poetry. Writing heals. And talking, sharing our thoughts with others keeps things from becoming taboo subjects. If we talk about it then perhaps people who are feeling hopeless and lost and are thinking of suicide may find the courage to speak up and ask for help. I know that if our loved one had shared his feelings we would have done whatever we could to help him to heal and perhaps we could have saved his life. And so the #ASKFORHELP Poetry Party came into being.
Dear Reflection was voted favorite poem from this very challenging theme. So take a read and head over to author and poet Laura A Lord’s website and give her some feedback. And tell her Memee sent you! Continue reading →
I hope that my words may provide some closure for those that may still be seeking answers. A small bit of understanding to answer the question, “Why?” My family and friends are fortunate because I am able to answer those questions for. I am fortunate to be alive and explain it to them.
“It’s the easy way out.”Psh! Friend if you’re that deep, it’s the ONLY way out.
“He just wanted attention.” I wanted peace.
“He was so selfish.” I wasn’t thinking of anybody.
So when does it all become too much to handle? At what point does a person reach that tipping point in which they decide to take their own life? What makes them act on their will? I am not an expert, nor a psychologist. I have no certifications, dissertations, or doctorates.
So it is Wednesday once again. My minions know that Wednesdays mean the Words Crush Wednesday challenge; however, this Wednesday also coincides with the end of September’s #askforhelp challenge at #Memeespoetryparties happening monthly. Today is your last chance to cast your vote for favorite poem this month. There are prizes to be won and the poets need your help to win the acclaim they desire… not to mention hear from you your thoughts on their writing.
We are all writers and bloggers looking for connections, inspiration, friendly critique, and recognition. So give this month’s party participants your love by heading over to Memee’s punchbowl where you will discover the finalists in this month’s poetry challenge.
It is so easy to do and takes no time at all! Just click the thumbnail of the poems you want to read. A new tab opens their submission on their blog where you can read and comment, like or follow them. When you have done all you want to do on their site just close the tab and you’re back at Memee’s punchbowl. Repeat until you’ve either read all of the finalists’ submissions or until you are ready to vote. (one vote per person)
Voting takes place at Memee’s punchbowl and it is as simple as clicking the heart atop the thumbnail of your winning poem. That’s it, you’ve voted and made someone very happy!
And so, having said all of that, go vote right now! Voting ends tonight at 23:55 PST.
The poems are all linked up on one page, which I call “the punchbowl.” You will see a thumbnail that represents each link. Click the thumbnail read the poem. Easy right?
Read as many as you like and when you feel ready, cast your one and only vote for your favorite by clicking on the little heart that sits atop their thumbnail image at the punchbowl. You’ve voted, congratulations!
Now that you’ve visited one of Memee’s Poetry Parties and seen how easy it is, perhaps you will consider taking the stage and sharing your poem at future linky party challenges!
Speak out! Keeping quiet, keeping secrets keeps things taboo. Let’s not make suicide a topic we’re afraid to talk about. Sometimes just letting other people know you’re open to talking, is enough to save a life.
Delve deep into your own psyche… what lurks under your conscious thoughts in regard to suicide?
Get the word out and help raise awareness. It is, after all, Suicide Prevention Month!
Challenge and push your poetic boundaries.
Connect with other poets who may positively inspire you.