Another Day

“I’m clinging
to the last bits
of my humanity,
like the world
is slowly draining
me of my life force.”

Sometimes I feel as though I’m clinging to the last bits of my humanity, like the world is slowly draining me of my life force. Like it’s a vampire and I’m the victim. I refuse to let go, no matter how much barbarianism I encounter. No matter how much humanity remains outside of myself. I remain. A little pale, and weak, but holding with all my might. And sometimes, that’s enough for the world to let me live to see another day.

© Sarah Doughty

Firing Squad

“Before you
jump the gun
and pull
that trigger,
know you
aren’t alone.”

Suicide is such a taboo topic. Not many people realize what is really happening. In the aftermath, there’s so much pain and loss. Some people are blindsided and end up losing their friend, sibling, child, or parent. But to the one that’s sick — the one that feels like death is their only answer — they believe the world, including their loved ones, will be better off. Relieved, even. Their world-view is so skewed that nothing is logical any longer. Take a moment and let people know how you feel about them. It really could save their life. Or, if you’re on the other side of the equation, don’t be so quick to assume suicide is your best, and only option.

© Sarah Doughty