When I saw the Daily Prompt today, I knew I needed to share this poem. I have known many cutters in my life. You can tell it in their eyes, not just the marks on their bodies. From what I have learned, it is a way that someone in intense pain reacts in a moment of despair. What do you do with that level of pain? How do you express what you cannot put into words? It may or may not turn into an addiction. And there are triggers. I have been there. Today, I am ok today but I have to share that I used to do this when I was in a very, very sick relationship. And I got help.
If you know someone, or you have cut, please tell someone today. You are not alone. Sharing how you feel brings the pain out of the darkness and into the light. There is healing. It doesn’t have to stay this way – really…
I CUT TODAY
©2013 Diana Rasmussen
I cut today
A moment of
To fit into
Like he was
an old friend
Held out his
Hand and led
All over again
While I swim
But I won’t
get him yet
Stuff all those lies
Down his own throat
Let him chew on his
Own words yet
And the battle
Isn’t over yet
“You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living, breathing screaming invitation to believe better things.”
~ TWLOHA shirt
What is To Write Love on Her Arms?
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery.
To Write Love on Her Arms began in Orlando, FL in 2006 when our founder, Jamie Tworkowski, wrote a story about a friend who struggled with self-injury and addiction and the five days preceding her entry into treatment. The story, which was entitled “To Write Love on Her Arms,” went viral, and T-shirts were initially printed and sold as a way to pay for that friend’s treatment. Since then, TWLOHA has become a non-profit which serves as a bridge to hope and help for people facing the same issues. (Source: http://twloha.com/faqs/general)
FOR MORE HELP SEE:
PDF for Self Harm by decd.sa.gov.au
Self Injuring and Cutting – the Mayo Clinic
This is my Response for Daily Prompt: Moment of Clarity
Tell us about a time you’d been trying to solve a knotty problem — maybe it was an interpersonal problem, a life problem, a big ol’ problem — and you had a moment of clarity when the solution appeared to you, as though you were struck by lightening.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us AWESTRUCK.