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Saturday, 15 September 2018

Eighty Four

Eighty-four young men die each week

In a country that said we’d look after the weak

Those who need help, love understanding

Those to whom life became too demanding

Eighty-four young men die each week

And unless we’re related we do not seek

To understand that frustrated breath

Which exhales life and inhales death

Eighty-four young men die each week

We’re reluctant to talk or even to seek

To understand the torture that does reside

In the mind of those choosing suicide

Eighty-four young men die each week

12 per day does that not seem bleak?

The highest killer of young men today

We need suicide prevention, what do you say?

Eighty-four young men die each week

How can we tell them its okay to seek

Help to talk, to reach out without shame

To share their fears, to give it a name

Eighty-four young men die each week

Whilst society remains reluctant to speak

Of any illness that impacts on the brain

From such inhibitions, we need to refrain

Eighty-four young men commit suicide

Each week, here, where we reside

Leaving a friend, partner, sibling, a mother

Let’s all pull together to prevent any other

© Karen Mooney

We need to change the way we talk about suicide

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

Karen Mooney has had work published by The Society of Classical Poets, The Hedgehog Poetry Press, I am not a silent poet and Poems for All. See more at  

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