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You Felt My Dying Mind

You Felt My Dying Mind

written by: Joyce Butler



I write this for you my friend
whoever you are
When you were scared like me
and life was scarred
we ran through the dark together
you and I.
Not knowing we were both there fighting
side by side.
Your screams collapsing
in my throat
as I cried believing
the shame was all mine.
That I was the only one
in this world to feel
a dying mind.
Truly believing
my illness was mine
and no-one else’s crime.


This poem was inspired by all the brave people who have fought, or are fighting mental illness every day. You are not alone. I have been where you are. Recovery is possible.

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