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Bristol , United Kingdom
I am co-director of the Leaping Word Poetry Consultancy, which provides advice for poets on writing, editing and publishing, as well as qualified counselling support for those exploring personal issues in their work - https://theleapingword.com. My fifth poetry collection, Learning Finity, is now available from Indigo Dreams or directly from me.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

A Poem for World Mental Health Day 2019

This poem is from my 2016 collection, Breadcrumbs, published by Indigo Dreams. I'm posting it for World Mental Health Day, with the reminder that when you've lived in a familiar situation for a long time, it can be very hard to see just how damaging it is. Also, that writing - or otherwise exploring your creativity - helps (if you're able to do that).


This was no rupture. No sudden loss
that left you stranded from yourself

All the same, the land is gone
He must have filched it with a spoon
so surreptitiously sometimes even now
you don’t perceive its absence as anything
more than a tendency to dream

don’t hear the breach filled with echoing dark,
don’t notice you’ve stopped building boats and bridges
out of stories

©Deborah Harvey 2016