No get well card

because they can’t see your pain

Trapped inside

Thoughts unwelcome

No get well card

because “you’re not really ill.”

Should have rested more

Gone on that holiday

Got other stuff on

No get well card

your truth is a little close to theirs

No get well card

because we didn’t take the time

to know the difference in you

The journey started with a psalm – it carried me

“The lord is my shepherd even though I walk through darkness I will not be afraid for you are with me your rod and staff guiding me to the light.”

Paraphrased and said over and over again at 4am, in the darkest night

I’m sending you a get well card in the bars of this song

Get better

You are loved

You are needed

You are brave

What you have in front of you is real, is all you need

Time, kindness to yourself, keep going

You’re inspirational

No get well card

In a land that isn’t stable

I’m looking in the mirror

I no longer see a monster that some are scared to call vicarious trauma

I see me for the first time for a long time.

Getting out a suitcase but it’s not for me. It’s for my unwelcome guest, the crow upon my shoulder. He’s become somewhat of a pest, time he flew the nest.

Copyright John de Gruyther 2017

Dedicated to all those who support those who’ve experienced trauma. Criminal justice professionals, social workers, teachers, health care professionals, clergy, anyone whose job it is to care and safeguard. You’re amazing. If you’re not in a good place, because the incredible work you do has taken its toll then I say don’t let anyone tell you you’re weak. You’re the strongest most inspirational people of all.

There is light at the end of the tunnel there is hope and help and love. May you have ease of being and my prayers are with you.

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