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POEM: Better Not Break A Leg

He played football on a package holiday

Dads versus lads. But he broke his leg.

He went home plastered from thigh to toe.


He couldn’t bring himself to tell anyone.

Couldn’t deal with the awkward silence

from his mates. He felt like such a fool.


So he decided to tell them he’d had

a breakdown, that he cuts himself

to take away the violence in his head,

that the depression is sometimes

so profound he can hardly face the day.

Yes, that’s what he’d say, to avoid

the shame of a leg broken by his son.


photo credit: X rays via photopin (license)

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  1. This is profoundly moving. It also shows the power of the written word to express what perhaps lies hidden and is often too painful to verbalise. I don’t know if subscribers are aware, but increasingly, creative writing is being developed therapeutically in this way, especially in informal support groups, to enable those suffering silently to develop a voice through fictional forms – poetry, journal-writing, even writing collaborative plays and scenes about situations. Considering that men are less likely than women to ask for formalised help, such as therapy, creative therapeutic writing (which is not judged or critiqued in any way) could really benefit some men.

    wordsmith 6th May 2015 at 1:39 pm

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