Apples (God Knows Where I Am)

 

“Dear, God, please save me, I’m trying, but I don’t know what to do.” from documentary God Knows Where I Am.

 

As promised, my second poetic reflection after watching the documentary God Knows Where I Am- about the life of Linda Bishop. The documentary offers much to consider on the subjects of homelessness, mental health care, mental illness and our current healthcare system. I am not strong in these kinds of debates and discussions. But what I do offer is here in this small poem.

You can see the first poem, called What Matters Not HERE.

I have included the trailer for the movie below. Please take a moment and watch it. For more information go to God Knows Where I Am website.

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What Matters Not

Credit: Wider Film Projects

 

What Matters Not

Whatever happens in life
I am a stone by the river

The water flows regardless
and I am unmoved.

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I Know Why

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When our hearts and minds cannot wrap around reality, poetry allows a pathway to find the way through to a broader place. A place where words, feelings, imagery and meaning intermingle acting as hope, healing balm, and help to the soul’s cry for understanding.

I believe poetry, music, and all creative endeavors- painting, drawing, sculpting allow for this possibility. Poetry just happens to be my pathway.

This one is for sharing… for those who have endured the dark night of the soul’s struggle, and for those who have loved ones who have succumbed to it in its various forms.

May Love hold us close. Let this poem speak to you, whatever it will.
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Top Tips for Mental Health and Well Being

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photo credit: Roberto.Trombetta bang pu via photopin (license)

 

Today I want to talk about the topic of mental health. Yours, mine, ours…the whole wide world’s! I initially wanted to title this post “Tips to Stay Sane in an Insane World”, but my heart’s desire is not to sensationalize a title, but honestly share a few thoughts on how best I fight the good fight, despite trials, tribulations and the daily dripping from the faucet of ordinary life.

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Exploring Expressive Writing with James W. Pennebaker

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You know how we all have a list of top ten people we’d like to meet? I want to introduce you to someone in my top five. I have not yet read his books (they are on my to buy list- but ironically I have read most of his suggested books); However,  I have read a whole lot of his research and it is  outstanding and inspiring work. More

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