This poem was inspired by last year’s experience at the “Out of The Darkness Community Walk”, which benefits The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, (see my blog: http://wp.me/p2ckKM-gC). FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS YEAR’S WALK (OCT 13th, 2013) OR TO MAKE A DONATION, PLEASE VISIT: http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2358. Thank you.


You’re hurt and bruised, feeling empty and used

You think you’re lost and you know you’re confused

Your problems are different from mine

But if you need it, I’ll give you my time.


You’ve found your voice, but you don’t know the words

You’re screaming for help, but you still feel unheard

You just want your pain to end

Come take my hand, my friend.


And Out of The Darkness together we’ll walk

I’ll be the listener who hears when you talk

We’ll reach out for comfort and learn how to cope

We’ll walk Out of The Darkness . . . and into the hope.


For more information on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, or the Out of the Darkness Community Walk, or to make a donation, visit: http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2358.

GERRI ASAM TRAGER, AFSP Board Member, AFSP Community Outreach Volunteer, Metro Detroit/Ann Arbor Chapter, Phone: 810-229-4266. The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention: www.afsp.org . Also see: www.outofthedarkness.org and survivoroutreachMI@gmail.

If you have lost someone you love to suicide: www.afsp.org/survivingsuicideloss


Because everyone matters.

Categories: Bipolar/Depression, Downriver/Detroit, Michigan, Grief/Healing, Inspiration/Motivation, Kindness & Compassion, Mental Health, Photography, Poetry, Suicide | Tags: , , , , , | 13 Comments

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13 thoughts on “WALK OUT OF THE DARKNESS

  1. Julia, this is a beautiful poem. It’s exactly what everyone needs to hear.

  2. Love this, Julia. This somehow reminds me of Obama saying 4 years ago that we would offer the world our hand, if they would unclench their fist. I thought that was such a lovely image. Guess I can’t help but think election today. Sorry, my friend.

    • Thank you, Kathryn, so much. I love when Obama said those words too. The visual is touching indeed. I understand about your political thoughts today…..Take care and love to you and your sweetie-pie! xoxoJulia

      • Thank you. Just reread this one–I think there is so much reach in that last line–if that makes any sense. It moves all of us forward—into the light.

  3. Thank you, Kathryn. I love hearing from you. Be well. xoJulia

  4. smiles…we all need each other you know….and even though we are diffrent we can walk the path together to the benefit of each other…..we were never meant to walk alone…

    • You know, Brian, I think that maybe we’re not all as different as our egos would like us to believe. I think that maybe we are all more alike when it comes to the really relevant stuff…..family, kids, love, friends, security, health, acceptance…..And you are SO right, we weren’t meant to walk alone. Alone, the miles are endless and quiet. With a friend or even a stranger at your side….the miles become something else. Something better. A shared journey that can sometimes be more fun that the actual destination! That completes my preaching for today! LOL! Thanks for reading and leaving a note. That was very very kind of you! And blessings to you and those you love! xoJulia

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  6. Beautiful. Well said my friend.

  7. This poem is every bit as lovely today as it was when I first read it!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

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