|Posted on June 21, 2019 at 2:00 AM|
“Not Forgotten Or Remembered”
Poem written by: Jim R. Irion
I long to challenge this affliction of mine
for all of you, for the better.
I want to hang on to this life
as long as I possibly can.
To stay and live in the hopes
of creating positive change.
To actually advance mental health awareness
and improve suicide prevention.
Selfishly; by helping others.
Selflessly, though I'm struggling.
I am not all that
remarkable of a person.
But I may have become
something more than expected.
I can fight these battles
that many never could.
I am not an Avenger,
but I am an advocate.
I cannot live with myself
if someone is being abusive.
How can anyone live with
someone dying young from misery?
Enough was enough all those years ago
when a classmate took his life.
Enough was enough all those days ago
when a classmate drowned from addiction.
We cry from all this unbearable pain.
We wipe away a thousand tears.
How could I possibly settle for
giving sincere condolences?
Their lives are worth far more than mine.
No one can prove otherwise.
I want their sacrifices to be meaningful,
truly honoring every moment of silence.
I don't want to be forgotten.
I don't want to be remembered.
I want to change the course of history,
or trade my life for theirs.