A Poem for Those Who Are Struggling and Want to Reach Out

Faded Light

I see the light but it is faded.

I want to hold onto the hope you once gave me.

I want to believe that it is worth it

I want to believe that things will improve;

that I will improve

• • • •

I see that you’re struggling and you want to reach out

Just reach out;

Reach out to someone who can help

Please don’t give up

You didn’t come this far to give up.

You didn’t fight your way through the hell from your past to end it all here

You are a warrior and warriors fight!

Please don’t give up,

You are so much more than the faded light

You are so much more;

let me hold you tight

You are going to be OK

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