Foothold

Foothold

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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For all young people struggling with mental health problems.

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His adolescent journey
strewn with rocks
ensured more steps 
backwards than forwards.

For added measure
an occasional rogue boulder
when least expected
hindered his progress.

Today he moves onward
with more agility,
into his twenties,
confidence heightened.

Assured the pathway before him
is feasible, though
prepared for the unseen
lurking behind corners.

© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw



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Wonderful that they get up and go on so many give up and are lost- my heart bleeds for them wish i could make all wrongs right- life is not easy but there is a way if they can just dig deep inside knowing they not alone- and whenwe believe - hurdles are flattened-youngsters need to be understood more , need a listening ear then hopefully they will not look elsesgere got love and attention- which leads to many mental issues- wonderful words🌹

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Kelly for your understanding words. Progress might be slow but when it comes it is sweet i.. read more
‘Thoughts In Time’🌹

2 Months Ago

🌹🌹🌹🌹🍾🥂🌈
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you :))



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I spent my career working in mental health. I have personal experience of a young man with similar struggles and this describes that sad situation so well Chris.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

Thank you John. It is hard watching them struggle. I am so proud of how far he has come.

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I really love this! Many will be able to relate to this amazing poem. In life there will always be ups and downs but even if the future is uncertain, we just have to be prepared for it! I enjoyed this very much Chris! Thanks for sharing.

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Christine Anne Shaw

1 Month Ago

I am so sorry Flowers of Eternity for this late response to your lovely review. I always appreciate .. read more
Flowers of Eternity

4 Weeks Ago

It's alright Chris, thank you for your concern!
Christine Anne Shaw

4 Weeks Ago

Thank you.
Difficult to convince them sometimes that it will get better... pardon my binge read/review, your work just spoke to my particular place today

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks Lyn and feel free to binge whenever you wish. Not easy for youngsters with these problem.. read more
I worked in the mental health field for 27 years, so my guess, based on the age of the young man, is that he has some form of schizophrenia. The occasional rouge boulder would, I imagine, refer to relapse episodes. As there is no cure as yet for these brain diseases, the lot of the mentally ill can be a harsh one. With adherence to medication, education and support, however, he could live a fairly normal life. Best of luck to him.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks for your response. The rogue boulders refer more to episodes of emotional disregulation .. read more
with age and experience we all grow and into a better journey through life it will lead. loved the hardship explained in your poetry such as boulders etc etc.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Yes, it was a rocky and hard road. Thank you for your response. It takes some longer than others to .. read more
Your words. Describe the view of people struggling. Many people struggle and they find great success. Rock and mountain being conquered by strong people. Thank you Chris for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Coyote for your understanding. Much appreciated.

Chris
Coyote Poetry

2 Months Ago

I liked the poem and you are welcome Chris.
Very insightful, Chris. I like your careful metaphors, each one holding a lesson in itself.This is a popular theme among parents who are poets. While most of us try hard to help smooth the transition into adulthood, there are lots of mountains and chasms that youngsters must negotiate negotiate -- just as we did, insisting they make their own mistakes. No doubt you too have heard yours say, "You told me so." Excellent work.

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Hello Doug, thank you so much for responding to these lines, indeed written from the perspective of .. read more
bigfootprint

2 Months Ago

I have written several dedications to my own young kin. Sometimes I write for a particular child and.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

That sounds a lovely thing to do Doug. Take care.

Chris
Wonderful that they get up and go on so many give up and are lost- my heart bleeds for them wish i could make all wrongs right- life is not easy but there is a way if they can just dig deep inside knowing they not alone- and whenwe believe - hurdles are flattened-youngsters need to be understood more , need a listening ear then hopefully they will not look elsesgere got love and attention- which leads to many mental issues- wonderful words🌹

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Kelly for your understanding words. Progress might be slow but when it comes it is sweet i.. read more
‘Thoughts In Time’🌹

2 Months Ago

🌹🌹🌹🌹🍾🥂🌈
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you :))
Never an easy road but it can and it does and it shall get easier... I can feel it in me water... N

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

A land mark his 20th birthday. Seven years of struggle, but there is light and both he and I know it.. read more
Neville Pettitt

2 Months Ago

an absolute privilege .... N
Such a great positive message to those who are effected with mental disorders. Bravo.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you so much Cowboy. Progress when it comes needs to be celebrated. I appreciate your visit.read more

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Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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So happy to be here at Writerscafe, have received such a lovely warm welcome. I am looking forward to reading lots of poetry and getting to know many of the talented poets here. Happy to review, but h.. more..

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