Not *World Suicide Prevention Day 2021*

Sometimes it’s so difficult to be a part
Of this world that sends messages to break your heart
Words can be as harmful as a deadly gunshot:
“The most important thing you contribute to our world is not
 
Not giving us COVID, not showing your face,
Not being unmasked in a public place,
Not expressing your feelings when they’re really dark,
Not being authentic to just who you are,
 
Not laughing so loudly or talking so much,
About a subject that most of us don’t love,
Not wearing that outfit that doesn’t conform,
Not taking a step that is outside the norm
 
Not living a lifestyle that we wouldn’t choose,
Not winning by too much, not daring to lose,
Not sharing your story or bearing your soul,
For we don’t want anything we cannot control
 
Not speaking up boldly on uncomfortable themes,
Not needing support or making a scene,
And don’t you dare ask for help at inconvenient times,
Or we’ll tell you your problems are all in your mind
 
But the world is the problem, the world is not right,
Even if it doesn’t value your heart and your light,
For your value is sacred and I just want to say,
The world is much better if you choose to stay
 
Stay and share your heart, for it is only you
Who’s had your experiences, who knows your real truth,
Who has your expression and your way of being
Who contributes to the us your unique way of seeing
 
And if you’ve the courage to stay and be yourself,
You’ll provide a safe place for somebody else
To express their own hearts, their own souls and minds
And expand infinity by increasing the light
 
That is the divine expression in each human heart,
Which we each contribute by being who we are,
So the world can go stuff it, please stay and be
The one and only you the world will ever see.

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