As part of a new online series called “On Your Mind,” DU MIND, in partnership with the Clarion, is accepting personal works about mental health. Selected works will be published in the Clarion’s online lifestyles section. Submissions may include: narratives, poetry, personal illustrations or any other personal work. Pieces can be submitted here. To submit anonymously, use the following information as your own when prompted by Dropbox:
First Name: Anon
Last Name: Submit
Hey. Dude, your class is that way…
Well then before you go just let me quickly say
You’re my favorite badass, please don’t ever change!
Hey. I know the days seem so gray
So let me take this moment now to say
You’re my sunshine and my very bestest friend
Hey… I didn’t see you today.
So please give me a second just to say
Well… I missed you
Hey… You aren’t eating… you ok?
You won’t listen but I just need to say
Hey…. You didn’t leave your room today?
Don’t shrug it off please listen when I say
All your somethings won’t scare me away.
Hey. You threw your drawings away?
Please- I mean it every time I say
You’re so strong and you can do this.
Hey. I saw the razors today.
But dammit I just really need to say
I will always love you.
Hey. I know they all seem to say…
… I know you know what I’m about to say
You’re so important
Hey. I miss you so much it hurts
I wish I had known how to make you see
You were not alone
Hey. I want a sec to say-
It can get better
The feelings can ebb
You are stronger you can beat them
No matter how cliché it seems
The happiness you felt back then…
The sunshine, laughter with your friends
That’ll all come back to you some day.
One truth I know is real
Surrendering can have a dark appeal
But to fight your mind… it’s not easy to endure