What Would You Say

What Would You Say

A Chapter by Ana Papaya
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? Written for mental health awareness week

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What would you say 
To the man on a ledge 
Ready to jump 
Because he's pushed to the edge 

What would you say 
To the woman with a knife 
Who can't help feeling 
That she's failed as a wife 

What would you say 
To the boy with a rope 
Hung around his head 
Because he just can't cope 

What would you say 
To the girl with the pills 
Ready to swallow because 
She's drowning in bills 

What would you say 
To the knife and the gun 
To the rope and the pills 
Could you save even one? 

What would you say 
To change how they feel 
Would you tell them their wounds 
Will eventually heal? 

What words would you say 
What advice would you give 
To make someone broken 
Want to live

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© 2020 Ana Papaya


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Ana Papaya
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Before I could be a volunteer for 2 years on the suicide prevention phone line, I had to undergo 6 weeks of training . . . so think about that . . . it takes six weeks to learn what to say. The most important thing I learned from that experience is to meet the person where they are, validate their pain. Don't start out by trying to change their minds. Most suicidal people WANT to live & they will eventually talk themselves into living if you just let them vent why they want to die & get that venom out. It's being able to hear some ugly sentiments without telling the person to do this or think that, instead. We all want to have our feelings validated, not to have people trying to fix us (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 9 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

9 Months Ago

Yeah, all of that. Listening is so important. I agree. An ear who will hear. Thanks a bunch Marg.. read more



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this is a haunting poem Ana.... what do you say??? frankly I don't know... I know there are methods, things to do or not do when confronted by with someone who wants to end their life... in both my experiences with suicide, I was not able to help them through it.... in both cases, (both Vietnam vets) they could not expunge what they had done, the horrors they has seen and or committed... we cried together, talked for days on end, mostly about nothing, our childhoods, or girlfriends we loved and lost, getting drunk for the first time and yes at times why life was so damn hard and also so worth living... the strange part was that each of these men "seemed" to be coming back from the "ledge".... and yet both took their own lives and what was hardest of all was we were going to hang out in the morning... with my one friend we were going to go fishing... with my other friend we were going to be online chatting with some other vets and with his girlfriend (she was the one who found him and called me)...

your poem brought back some hard memories Ana, I wish I had answers to your questions, obviously I have none... sometimes even if you do everything right or according to what is taught, you lose the fight.... they are just too caught up in their own world and that world is extremely ugly and impenetrable.... I know one thing, you have to have a great love and respect for people in order to be of any hope for them....

and I know another thing Ana, I loved the song and poem, it was deeply moving...

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

9 Months Ago

I'm sorry for your experiences and I know you're right, it's a difficult thing to prevent in some ca.. read more
redzone

9 Months Ago

it's okay Ana, this was over 25 years ago when I lived in Philly.... there was a vets encampment the.. read more
Ana Papaya

9 Months Ago

Thank you for your thoughtful questions and comments, Curt. You're right, it's a much needed conver.. read more
Before I could be a volunteer for 2 years on the suicide prevention phone line, I had to undergo 6 weeks of training . . . so think about that . . . it takes six weeks to learn what to say. The most important thing I learned from that experience is to meet the person where they are, validate their pain. Don't start out by trying to change their minds. Most suicidal people WANT to live & they will eventually talk themselves into living if you just let them vent why they want to die & get that venom out. It's being able to hear some ugly sentiments without telling the person to do this or think that, instead. We all want to have our feelings validated, not to have people trying to fix us (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 9 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

9 Months Ago

Yeah, all of that. Listening is so important. I agree. An ear who will hear. Thanks a bunch Marg.. read more
Sometimes, nothing is the best thing to say.
Sometimes, just being there is all we can really do.
Hugs and shared tears can go a long way towards healing.
Sometimes.

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

9 Months Ago

Yup. I think you are right about that. :)
This situation I have seen closely. That rope and pills situation I watched very closely.
Each time a different approach showing that we are there and making the person feel important makes the person stop the act and think.
But it is a painful situation to handle. More than words it is the deeds we do that help people in those situations because they don't listen to words.
Your poem just brought back memories back.
Thank you for the poem reflecting the phase some people go through. It is a touching write.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

4 Years Ago

Thank you so much Bala for the wonderful comment and very kind words.
Aloha Ana those are words to wake you up. Think about things bigger than 'me' and my world. I would say take my hand I'm beside you, you're worthy...it's a hard thing to fathom what takes a person to the edge like this, but we all need someone willing to stand in the gap. Izzy

Posted 4 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

4 Years Ago

so very true, it's a tough place to be, good to have someone to stand in the gap as you've said. th.. read more
i would say.."i am with you all the way".

Remarkable poem! The song really worked for me. I really appreciate and respect what you did here. :)

Posted 4 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

4 Years Ago

thx, i wrote the poem a couple of years ago during a rare dark moment. the music is fairly new cour.. read more
This is probably the darkest ive seen from you. Are the lyrics your collaborative piece, or the music?

Posted 4 Years Ago


Sir Drift & Mr. Pulse (Y.A.D.)

4 Years Ago

Are the lyrics to collide yours?
Ana Papaya

4 Years Ago

yes, they are all mine
Sir Drift & Mr. Pulse (Y.A.D.)

4 Years Ago

Ive been having spontaneous ideas here and there. I think ill keep you in mind :)
This is a polarising read it feels familiar. I've definitely been that girl once. Thought provoking. R xo

Posted 4 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

4 Years Ago

Thank you. xx
I would say - "There is always hope. There is always light at the end of the dark tunnel. We only need to walk a little further". I would also say - "There are others with far bigger problems than the one you are having now. Whatever it is, it will pass" . This is a really good poem, made me think :)

Posted 4 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

4 Years Ago

Thank you, great comments. :)
This is a tough one. Because unfortunately, it can't come from outside, only inside. But I do believe that we can provide a bit of metaphorical first aide, allowing someone the opportunity, time and space) to find that thing for themself.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

4 Years Ago

Yeah, it's a tough question I guess. Thanks S. I keep popping over to you but I think I've read al.. read more
Shannon

4 Years Ago

Okay, back to the writing. I think it was very creative, but also very powerful to separate the met.. read more

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