Monday, July 11, 2011

Thoughts on Driving deaths

I've heard of far too many deaths from speeding. It's not only young people who die this way, but an early road death seems more tragic.
A life not yet lived, cut off on a lonely road...

Thinking about it can't change a thing, but bringing it to people's attention may have some affect, I don't know. I only know that every young person who dies on the road is a tragedy.

Who pays the bill?

A life is lost

is wisdom gained?

Those children speed past still.

My thoughts slow down

my hands stretch out,

they’re out of reach until

they realise we had a point

us bleating older ones -

speed certainly can kill

with death a sorry end.

A life has ended now,

to stop it takes the will

to force a change -

the mindset’s wrong

and those deaths all leave a bill

a charge society pays

medical, laws, funerals
tragically run of the mill.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Some thoughts on suicide

I've recently completed the study part of my Community Services Work certificate IV. Next comes 140 hours of work placement. I enjoyed doing the classroom part of my study, but didn't enjoy working by myself, just me, my computer and the assignment.

My two final assignments, which I completed in the same week were about firstly domestic violence and secondly suicide. I have to say it felt like a very bleak week indeed. I got through the work though, submitted the assignments and I'm proud and pleased to say I received a pass for each, together with supportive comments.

Thinking about that tonight  prompted thoughts about suicide, and I can honestly say I don't think I would consider that way. I wrote a poem about it, and I'd like to share that poem with you.


if I were to fail to find
a reason to wake
if I were to see only
dark clouds looming
and not the rainbow
then suicide may become
an option

but every day brings
something new
whether a tiny thing
or something large -
with things teetering
on my horizon -
I continue on

if you fail to see
or can’t believe
better things may come
if no-one’s there
to care that you exist
then it’s up to you
to be the one who cares

each of us is important
the world is incomplete
when we leave
if our life has ended
before its time
nature has rules, and we
must heed them