Upon the Healing Journey

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. So, STIGMAMA is holding a poetry slam. I’m honored that Walker Karraa has included my poem, “Upon the Healing Journey.” Here’s how it begins….

You come to me.
Hesitant. Afraid. Courageous.
We test the waters with formalities that invite us deeper,
Past the demographics and the labels,
Past the masks that offer shelter from judgment and assumption,
Past the gates that guard the hidden self….


I hope you’ll stop by STIGMAMA to read the rest of my poem and to read the many other poems that will be published this month to honor the often hidden work of healing and to help remove the stigma of mental health challenges.

And, if you yourself are facing challenges, know that you are not alone and help is available. If I can be of assistance, please let me know.

Best wishes on your journey.


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