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Sep10
2015

World Suicide Prevention Day: We’ll See You Tomorrow video

By To Write Love on Her Arms

In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, we asked our friends Sierra DeMulder and Tonya Ingram to write and perform a poem around this year’s theme: “We’ll See You Tomorrow.”

 

 

When sadness curls itself at the foot of your bed.

When grief finds home in the basement of your chest.

When your heart’s garden swears it cannot grow here.

When the day feels too heavy.

 

When the balcony is a thieving distraction.

When the drawers in the kitchen siren to you.

When the night is as heavy as an anchor

and you cling to your own shore.

Remember: you are the ocean. A single drop 
in a child’s hand that can hold up a ship.

 

When you make a mistake. 
When you misstep or misspeak.

When you find yourself underneath 
the stains of your human (because 
you ARE

human). When the heavy of it all 
calls to you like a wailing animal.

 

Remember: there is nothing wrong with you.

There is everything significant about you.

From your shoulders to your shins,

from the galaxies in your irises 
to the orchestra in your throat.

 

When the friends seem so few.

When the phone doesn’t ring.

When it does but you are too afraid

to answer—too afraid you are too quiet

or take up too much space.

 

Remember: your name does not begin

or end in silence. Your story is not over.

There are still chapters in this book.

There is still time to fall in love. To fall out.

To shatter and mend. To forgive

and be forgiven. Keep reading.

 

Crown your failures. 
Scream “I Am Worthy” until the stars 
collapse upon your brilliance.

Know if depression is the verse, 
then hope is the chorus.

Allow yourself to exist in this melody
 even when the instrument of your body 
is tired of

playing. Self-love is not selfish.
 It is the mantra of someone who 
recognizes where they

have been 
and where they need to go.

 

Find your love in the lake. See how it ripples. 
How it continues.

It is the Earth’s way of saying “you are important, you are endless.”

 

Be good to you.

Tell yourself I deserve the keep.

I deserve to love and be loved.

I deserve the whole show, the encore,

the darkness that falls like a curtain and

the morning that will always follow.

 

We will be the voice that sings behind you.

The receiving end of a phone call

“no, you are not alone”

“no, you are not broken.”

We will run forward to greet you

and together, we will dance like wild fire

because there is reason to celebrate.

We will be. We will finally be.

I will see you tomorrow.

I will see you tomorrow.

We’ll see you tomorrow.

 

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  2. tracie

    See you there.
    Love and light.

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  3. Jane

    This moves me to tears… I lost my daughter to suicide. I have lost two others to suicide. Thank you for making a difference. I’ll see you tomorrow. peace

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    1. bellla

      I’m so very sorry about your beautiful daughter. And your others. You’re a wonderful person. God bless

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  4. Arnold

    hey there, i have a sister who has been struggling with depression for 6 years now, and last night she came to me seeking some advice and a place she can call home, where she isn’t isolated from the world around her. If you know anything i can do to help her in anyway please let me know. She’s in a very dark mindset :/

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    1. Claire Biggs

      Hi Arnold,
      Thank you so much for your comment and for wanting to help your sister find someplace she can call home.

      We’d love to talk more about how we can help you and your sister. Would you mind emailing info@twloha.com?

      In the meantime, we list resources (which include 24-hour helplines) in case your sister needs someone to speak to right now: https://twloha.com/find-help/local-resources/.

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  5. Courtney

    Not only was this poem beautifully composed, but the video gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes several times. Beautiful, wonderful, extraordinary, spectacular job to Sierra and Tonya. Your words and your beauty know no bounds.

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  6. chad.berg

    this just changed my mind

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    1. Kelli

      That is a beautiful sentence. Keep fighting. We’ll see you tomorrow.

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  7. Susan Schwan

    Amazingly beautiful & meaningful poem & the performance of it was perfect. Having come through a very long depression with lots of thoughts of suicide, I can say with great affirmation that there IS a morning. There IS hope. thank you for this poem.

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  8. Kim J

    :)I <3 IT
    I.n.s.P.i.R.i.N.G!
    THANK YOU <3

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  9. Kat

    That is the most moving,wonderful poem I have ever read. Thank you.

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  10. Kat

    Thank you. That is the most wonderful and moving poem that I have ever read

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  11. Marlene

    Boa noite. Eu tenho depressão e preciso de amigos, preciso de demonstração de carinho perto de mim sempre, pois convivo constantemente com a questão do suicídio.

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    1. Claire Biggs

      Thank you so much for sharing part of your story with us.

      TWLOHA is not a 24-hour helpline, nor are we trained mental health professionals. TWLOHA hopes to serve as a bridge to help.

      If this is an emergency or if you need immediate help, please call and talk to someone at 1-800-273-TALK or reach out to the LifeLine Crisis Chat at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx“. We also have a list of local resources and support groups on our FIND HELP page. Please know that we also respond to every email we receive at info@twloha.com.

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  12. Ricky

    As someone who has suffered alone, afraid to reach out, and tired of the fight, I made it to tomorrow. It was, and still is a struggle everyday. I felt like i had nobody. At times I still do. It’s the only constant in my life. Every day I see tomorrow i know it’s a small win.

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    1. bellla

      Proud of you Ricky. Your fight is seen. And so is your heart. God bless

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  15. Missy

    A great poem on just the day I needed to see it.

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  20. Jlynn

    This has literally saved on my broken sodays. Thank you❤

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  21. Amity Pitcher

    The words of this poem flow gracefully inside my broken brain and remind me that I AM WORTHY……… of oh so many things! Muah, thank you for this!!

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  22. Angie

    I’ve been laying awake all night feeling suicidal and then I came across this poem. It makes me feel some sort of peace again.

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    1. Becky Ebert

      Angie,

      We’re so relieved and glad that you found this poem. You are strong. You are courageous. Please continue. Please stay.

      You can email us at info@twloha.com anytime. Find local resources here: https://twloha.com/find-help/local-resources/ And if you are ever in need of immediate assistance, text TWLOHA to 741741 via Crisis Text Line to be connected to a trained counselor. There is help out there. Don’t hesitate to seek it out.

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