The Silent Pain, Silent Shame

By sight of eye and sound of ear, by touch or sleight of hand
Can ill of state of mind be known?
Can understanding, care of soul be through inner solace sought?
The silent pain of tortured state of mind without a soul,
be led by life’s hostilities which helps bury the pain of shame
deep down upon its’ grave.

No depth of shattering heart-breaking sounds
Can mend each tortured soul,
Outwardly and suppressed upon to smile with nod of head
‘All is well and well today’, yet with depth of hidden shame.
In depth of silent solitude lie deep in hidden shame
With sleight of hand as if to say
‘You’ve failed at life, again today, when shall you be well with life?
When shall you wallow not, as grieved, or as put upon again today?

Mental Health is as grief of life, for those of all the loved ones, friends
Feel sad or put upon again.
Mental Health stigmatises all who dare not, care not know
at how it burdens all.
It has no outward symptom Mental Health,
For it carries no warning or sight of eye,
Nor shouts in loudest of cries; ‘Come look at me today?’

Mental Health is silent it’s lonely as it shames.
It creeps through all the cracks for its sly
and mammoth damaging leaving scars that carry sadness.
Through back of hand it heightens intellect so pure,
as if to tout and burden its host in every way.
So when you see a smile, be kind and caring too
but not quite so much it’s obvious
But with a polite and caring, ‘How’d you do?’

No depth of shattering heart-breaking sounds
Can mend each tortured soul,
Outwardly and suppressed upon to smile with nod of head
‘All is well and well today’, yet with depth of hidden shame.
The silent pain, the silent shame that mental health now brings
If we can help in anyway, it’s in the ‘sleight of caring’ ways
which helps each soul to find their way, home again to stay.

© Sharon-Elizabeth Walker, 2014

4 thoughts on “The Silent Pain, Silent Shame

  1. pamela ifill

    This is great poem. It is so true. There is a lot silence and shame whenever one is hurting. Thankfully, there are still caring people in the world.

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