For and about people who care for self harmers / people with other issues


Postby BeautyForAshes » Tue Mar 20, 2007 11:17 am

This is a poem I wrote years ago when I was really worried about a friend with whom I had just phoned and felt like I couldn't do anything to stop her from hurting herself. I'm posting it in reply to Claire's posts.

Bird of Prayer

Somewhere my friend is falling, falling
Stumbling, I cannot find the place
I cannot reach her as I’m calling
Can hardly see for the tears on my face
Oh I will never be in time –

So speed, speed
Bird of prayer on wings swifter than light
Plead, plead
– with all despairing hope has left in this heart of mine –
For a Saving Hand to break her fall through the night.

Somewhere my friend is bleeding, bleeding
And my heart is stabbed by her silent pain
I want to carry her burden, not heeding
I’ve asked for that exchange in vain
Mere human, I can’t take that part –

So speed, speed
Dove of prayer on wings bedewed with my tears
Plead, plead
– with all that helpless love has left in my crying heart –
For a Healing River to take the poison of years.

Somewhere my friend is crying, crying
Alone behind concrete walls and bars
I cannot free her, though desperately trying
Can’t reach what’s imprisoned beneath the scars
My feeble care can’t scale the wall –

So speed, speed
Eagle of prayer bedewed with blood of my soul
Plead, scream
– cast at His feet in that scream myself, my life, my all –
for a Love to set her free, to make her whole.

"... to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." (Isaiah 61:3)
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Postby salkins » Fri Feb 22, 2008 7:17 am

Hello Beauty for Ashes,
Your poem is beautiful and powerful! Thank you for sharing it.
Is it OK with you if i print it so I can pray it for a friend when i know she is struggling? She is not a Christian and sometimes i just get caught up in worries for her instead of praying.
I know my reply is very belated - you posted months ago, but I've never looked on the carers forum before!
I wrote a poem for my friend once when we were on different wards in the local psych hospital. I knew she had self-harmed and was in a dilema as to whether to betray her trust and tell staff. My poem was called 'Too good a friend'. I decided I had to tell staff because her safety and her life was more important than keeping a confidence. I told her the next day, think I even showed her the poem. We cried together and agreed that if either of us was ever in that situation again, then safety came first and our friendship was strong enough to survive. We try not to leave each other worrying but we are honest with each other and give each other a lot of support. I always try to get her to communicate for herself, ask for help, say she's struggling, but in an emergency i will ring her support staff - and she phone my parents once when I'd been out of contact for a couple of days. I had OD'd.
I so want her to realise God's love for her because our situations can seem so overwhelmingly negative without the hope of Gods healing and destiny and truth for our lives.
Oops! Didn't mean to write all that. Was saying thank you for your poem!
But it helps me putting things on here - sorts it in my mind - and sometimes is easier than formulating my thoughts in to a poem. I'd like to pray more tho'!
from Sally
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Postby janice » Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:29 am

This is a poem called "The Giant"
It's about facing difficult situations

He stands there laughing,
filling the hall way
blocking out the light,
sneering at me.

And my heart pounds,
my stomach churns,
and tears fill my eyes.
I see no way past.

I bow my head
and turn to walk away,
back down the road I came,
sunken in defeat

But you stand beside me
holding my hand
and whisper
“Do not be afraid”

And the giant shrinks.
The light returns.
I see the way ahead
and a mouse scuttling for his hole!
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