#SW4MH Poem for Donor: Lizzy Kalmanek

Heeler

Inside the recovery room, my head pounds

like an angry mob. 3 a.m. and I am still awake,

leaned over my patient with a witch of a fever,

he’s burning at the stake. Until at last, he stirs,

 

and his heart falls into a steady purr.

Thump-tha-thump-tha-thump-tha-thump.

His eyes flutter open, and I smile as his tail

waves gently like a flag, holding strong.

 

The moon grows tired, but the sun rises up

like a puppy bounding to his owner.

 

*Thank you so much for your generous support!

I am now only $395 away from my goal! When I leave work this afternoon, I will be wearing my funky #sw4mh hat around Chicago and onto the train! And, now we’re even closer to seeing me dye my hair NoStigmas green!

To join in on the #SW4MH campaign, please visit http://bit.ly/1i59lx9! Remember, every donor will receive a poem (you can leave a topic idea for the poem in your donation comments).

Thank you again for helping ensure no one faces mental illness or suicide alone! For more information about how your donation impacts NoStigmas, please visit https://nostigmas.org.

 

#SW4MH Poem for Donor: Jimmy & Dar

Digital Age

I.

Technology is the mind’s gas station,

a lulling mug of warm cocoa

topped with instant gratification.

The cocoa’s side effect: addiction.

Translation: frustration. We crave

the web, this neurotic sedation.

II.

The computer flashes tiny pixels

like a neon sign, but the screen

is a window, information trickles

both ways faster than the wind

But just open the windows,

to brighter pixels in a star’s twinkle.

III.

Sun shines through window shutters,

while outside a grass blade quivers

as a dragonfly pauses to rest,

a computer knows no difference

from the aroma of dew and rain

on wheat-filled, corn-filled, bean-filled plains.

*Thank you all for your generous support! I am now only $415 away from my goal! After another $15, I will wear a funky #sw4mh hat around Chicago, and once I reach $500, I will dye my hair NoStigmas green!

To join in on the #SW4MH campaign, please visit http://bit.ly/1i59lx9! Remember, every donor will receive a poem (you can leave a topic idea for the poem in your donation comments).

Thank you again for helping ensure no one faces mental illness or suicide alone! For more information about how your donation impacts NoStigmas, please visit https://nostigmas.org.