Barriers

Glenn Merrilees By Glenn Merrilees, 7th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Writing>Poetry

A poem about the stigma surrounding mental ill health.

mental health

There's people throwing insults
there's people throwing stones
you cannot see this illness
no sign of broken bones.

So many nasty comments
remarks are so unkind
you cannot see this darkness
this poison in the mind.

Hey look!!! that guy is mental
a looney, what a waste
your bitter twisted comments
leave an acrid taste.

Just remember i'm a victim
to this pain you cannot see
depressions made a home in hell
especially for me.

Do not judge this cover
you simply have to look
i'm drowning in a sea of pain
pages missing from this book.

Would you berate the lowly cripple?
and call poor soul a name
my illness needs no crutches
hang your head in shame.

I do not plead for sympathy
understanding is the key
as without this murderous illness
you're just the same as me.

Just show some understanding
and maybe lend your ears
then maybe you could save a life
or stem the flow of tears.

Breaking down the barriers
i try to change your view
one in four's a victim
and the next one could be you.

Tags

Mental Abuse, Mental Anguish, Mental Conditions, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Stigma

Meet the author

author avatar Glenn Merrilees
I'm a 48 year old scotsman and a mental health awareness activist. I'm also a multi- award winning multi- published (NOT self published) poet. i have read my work at conferences all over Scotland,

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