Freedom

 

There is much talk in the news about Anthony Bordaine taking his own life. The power of depression is such a great weight on a person’s life. The feeling of helplessness, lack of self-worth, and desperation makes death look like the only way to be free from the pain.

Sadly, many people choose the “…Nothing left to lose”, route. Celebrities, victims of abuse, and soldiers suffering from PTSD take their own lives. Even everyday people who find work and the stress of life overwhelming, sometimes choose this as their only option.

Treatment and support from others is another option. There is light at the end of the tunnel. The most important way to get help is to share with those who will understand. Family, friends, or a church group can walk with you. If you suffer from depression remember you are not alone. Reach out and get the help you need and find the freedom to live a long healthy life. I know this to be true. I have been there myself!

 

Nothing left to lose

Depression gnaws at your mind

Desperate thoughts of suicide

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Dark night of the soul

Freedom comes in sharing pain

You are not alone

 

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Song: Youtube

Bjorn at d’verse asked us to write a Haibun about some aspect of freedom. I choose to look at freedom from the mental health perspective.

https://dversepoets.com

Superficial

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Make 2018 a year to listen to others and hear what they are really saying.  Winter is a time when many suffer from depression. The shorter days and cold weather seems to add to their Blue feelings. Let this be the year of being real with one another. Our job is not to fix people but to be there for someone who needs a friend.

The “Just Fine” Mask

“How are you?”  “Oh, I am just fine!”

How easy to protect ourselves behind our mask

Social butterflies flitting here and there

A drop of nectar from me and one from you

Kiss, Kiss!

“How are you?”  “Well, I have been better.”

“Stop right there I don’t want to know”

Cutting you off …too much information

No invested emotion here

Kiss, Kiss

“How are you?” “Oh, I am so glad you asked!”

“Here we go again… do I really have to listen to this?”

“Tell me what is going on, I would love to hear.”

“Don’t worry it will get better.”

Kiss, Kiss

“How are you?”  “I am really struggling!”

“I am so sorry, tell me more.”

“What can I do to help?”

“I’ll call you soon!” “Then we’ll talk.”

Kiss, Kiss

“Hi how are you?”  “I’m fine!”

“I can’t deal with this anymore”

“Love you, goodbye!”

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

This one has been posted a year ago, but is a good reminder for the new year.

Scars

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Scars

“Forgive and forget…”

An unforgivable cliché

Scars climb into the coffin with us

Lying there, embedded into our souls

A lasting part of who we have become…

Some visible and obvious…

Others not so much so

Forgiveness does not erase scars

It only allows us to heal and go on

Giving us the strength to live above the pain.

Scars that do not heal bring death

Soul stirring pain so deep and so sharp

That we can bear it no more.

Go lightly on that soul

Who chooses his fate,

Unlike the rest of us who wait

For fate to come knocking .

Fear of making a choice keeps many

Dead while living …

Enduring, waiting, wondering

Bearing the scars alone

Wishing for the end

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Photo: Dwight l. Roth

Letters from Iwo Jima

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Veterans Day brings many mixed feelings, especially to those who had family members who died in service to their country. Many who served in Viet Nam and the Iraq war never came home again. In World War II, the bloody battle of Iwo Jima will always be remembered. This photo,  taken on that day, has become an icon among veterans. It captured the courage and resolve of those soldiers in the face of death. Johnny Cash sang a song about Ira Hayes, a native American who was part of that flag raising, only to come home and eventually become a homeless alcoholic, with his service long forgotten. Many soldiers suffer from PTS after they return home. Mental health care is a big issue that needs to be addressed in our country. Without adequate help we will see more of what took place last week in Texas. The worst thing that can happen to a veteran is to be forgotten. Remember those who have sacrificed their lives and thank those who keep our country safe and provide the life you and I take for granted.

This video on YouTube has almost two million views

Stamp Art: Dwight L. Roth

This piece was made for my friend Colonel Thomas Hoyt Davis III for his thirty years of service to our county in our Army Special Forces.

 

Suicide Ride

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This election has been one roller coaster ride after another. We have people who love Trump for saying what they wish they could say. Then there are those who despise him and think all his crazy talk is despicable.  After all his sexist remarks that were made public yesterday. I wonder how long he can keep things on the track. This poem is my way of poking fun at all the craziness of this election.

Suicide Ride

Climbing to the top

Thrill ride challenge

Maneuvered the small ones

Just crested the arch

Highest of highs

Rushing into weightless freefall

Everyone screaming

At the top of their lungs

I want off!!!!!

Will the coaster jump the tracks

Suicide for everyone onboard

Or sail up to the next loop

Rolling on into the booth

Adrenalin pumping

All grins and thumbs up

Hair a little mussed

Thrill ride of a lifetime

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Thrill Ride cartoon – Dwight L. Roth