Ever since I read this poem, I've never attempted again. This saved my life!
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Thank you, Sommerd! When I think of all the pain I saw, I feel obligated to get it right for all of us and wind up rewriting everything a dozen times. Thank you for your comment. I hope you're doing all right. -Brian
You sound like a very strong person, Trevor. Your comment brought tears to my eyes. From someone who also has these issues, not abandoning us means everything to us even when we can't express it. She sounds lucky to have had you. I lost two friends to fentanyl in the last year, and both suffered from mental illness. I miss them every day. One of them was also 33 and the other 34. They were married and passed 10 months apart. The first had PTSD since a child and the only positive thing I could think of was that she's free from that pain now. The second had mental illness and never got over the trauma of losing his wife. Even though he quit and even spoke at drug awareness events, he had two slip ups, and the second cost him his life. When that happened, all I could think of was at least they're together again. I hope you're doing well. Thanks for sharing, Brian
Unfortunately, very true, they have to really want to change. I lost two very close friends to overdoses in the last year. They were husband and wife. The second passed 10 months after the first and even though he did quit and even spoke at drug awareness events, he had two slip ups and the last cost him his life. He used to explain to me what it was like when he even smelled certain drugs and how it physically started to affect his blood pressure and mind. It's a lifelong battle that requires an enormous amount of strength. Thanks for sharing, Brian
Thank you, Diana. I completely agree. I find reading Eckhart Tolle's spirituality books very helpful. Almost like it helps reprogram my mind to see life differently in a more positive way. Faith is definitely a great tool to combat depression and mental illness. I hope you're doing well. Thanks again, Brian
Wow Nidhi, I'm completely blown away by your comment; that was amazing. I don't even know what to say other than thank you for sharing, Brian
Thank you, Kerri. I appreciate it. I agree, writing can be very therapeutic. I hate those numb days too and definitely do find reading poetry very helpful. Hope you're doing well too. Thanks again, Brian
This was a very intriguing poem to read. I think the author was referring to a very low time in his life that he needed to push through to get out the other end. Out of the thousands of poems that I have seen in my life, this is definitely one of my favourites to read and deconstruct. Well done, Mr Robert Frost.
My sweet granddaughter of 3 months passed away yesterday. This poem says it perfectly. She had her very own song that she loved to hear. When I would walk in and she heard my voice, she would start looking for me. I had everyone singing her song to her. Saphy, Grams misses you so much her heart aches. I love you baby girl.
Thank you, Pat! I'm really touched by your poem and the way you make us think about how we can live our lives, being simple but meaningful - it's incredible. I used to write poems when I was a teenager and I thought I've lost that gift along the way, but your art made me realize that we can always try again to connect with what makes us human and kind, and I can still use my love for words and art to touch someone else's heart and life too. I found your poem through research about an exercise I'm doing to improve my English skills ("Memorize a poem that speaks to you"), and I'm definitely memorizing your poem to take it forever with me. You are amazing, thank you again!
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