Friday, 23 March 2018

They Tell You...


(a blog relating to and preceding this poem titled 'LISTEN' can be accessed by clicking this link)


They tell you to TALK

And you know that you should

And you wish that you could

But you can't

'Cos the words in your head

Are a jumbled up mess

Just a rant

You cannot express

Why you're feeling depressed

On demand

When the feelings you're dealing with

Not even you understand



They tell you to CALM

And the panic gets worse

When you hear that one word

And it starts

That dizzy weak feeling

Your inner voice screaming

As your heart

Pumps dangerously faster

As you face disaster

And death

Whilst they're still persisting

That you stop resisting and chill!



They tell you to BREATHE

And God knows you want to

But air cannot pass through

Your throat

Invisible fingers that linger squeeze tight

As you choke

Whilst their mantra's mounting

Their "in and out"chanting's

No aid

To your situation of fear and frustration

And pain



They tell you to SWALLOW

And outstretch their hand

And expect on command

You comply

Say if you stop wallowing

Take meds and start swallowing

You'll be fine

But the banter they canter through

Doesn't convince you at all

It just adds to your issues

Which refuse to defuse

And you fall




I ask them to THINK

To stop the stock statements

And try to replace them

With words

Not taken from textbooks

'Cos cliche stamped rebukes

Don't work

They just serve to distance

And trigger resistance

To help

  And being barcoded corrodes and erodes  

 Mental health




I ask US to WORK

Together wherever to sever

The pigeonhole style

That labels and brands and demands

That we're categorised

We may seem the same on the outside

But deep, down beneath

We're different so make that distinction

Treat us as unique

Then maybe the talking will happen

When we each adjust

The moment we're heard but not herded

And they've earned our TRUST





Poem only ©  Copyright Lynn Gerrard




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