The flowers of the forest

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You were lonesome and blue eyed
And so special to us
You should have taken a long break
Instead of a long drop from a high place.

"That Year" by Brandi Carlisle


More than five rugby teams' worth, of men, every week, dead by their own hands,

In these islands.

Young men mostly, three times as many men as women,

Nearly 6000 a year, 60,000 over a decade and....


Employing the traditional routes to oblivion - hanging from a tree, opening the arteries, being free with the pills and booze

A closed garage, exhaust fumes, jumping off high-rise flats, bridges.

With no turning back. No second chances.  Sometimes with notes, more often with not.

This virus, this epidemic, this plague, this tragedy, this destroyer-of-families,  goes mostly unnoticed.

Nothing about it in the recent election.

We're all busy and...anyway...sotto voce...

After all they're mostly white, working class males

Not the best qualified for life in our society.

The devil take the hindmost and all that.

And anyway didn't Mrs T tell us there is no such thing as society - greed is good - all that.

Mind you, these rough lads have their uses, you know the sort, the sort we rely on in war.

The unsung heroes. That sort.

Those dragged up in 'care', those constantly neglected , over-represented

Those who are hurt easily and never show it - they too, vastly over - represented amongst the fallen

Those who are inarticulate, autistic, bullied - over-represented too. 

And every one so  precious,

And every one a miracle of love,

And every one in need of a helping hand.

Me. too.






◄ Lost in translation

For when I am weak, then am I strong ►


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John Marks

Sun 29th Dec 2019 23:08

Thanks Cathy and Don. Means a lot. John

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Don Matthews

Sat 28th Dec 2019 21:50

Oh, you cut deep here John.

I was brought up suddenly by the last line.

As long as we continue to distance ourselves from discussing mental health issues young people (mainly men as you say) will continue to suicide.....

A powerful, raw write as Vautaw says John.......

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Sat 28th Dec 2019 16:02

Wow John, you hit another one out of the park. Powerful. Raw. ❤

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