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Photo Challenge: Poem – Bop – “How To Save A Life” #dVerse #amwriting #poetry


Thanks to NEKNEERAJ of MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie for hosting this week’s photo challenge. I’m combining it with a #dVerse prompt. Thanks to Kim from Poet’s pub for hosting a poetry prompt on the theme of saving someone’s life. 

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Credit: Cetrobo

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How to save a life? Say the right words, 

Offer hope, say there’s more to live for, words —

Of compassion, tomorrow’s one more —

Day and within a day, world rewards. 

Those who could barely escape their despair, 

Providing hope, strength — live another day. 

If I’d known then, how to save a life. 

If you stepped back and gazed beyond, 

You would know, wonderful times are yonder. 

Take a moment breathe, be optimistic, 

Don’t let despair rule you, you’re not ‘with it,’ 

The clouds will lift, you’ll see and start to think. 

Your mind’s patterned to survive, not sink. 

You’ll see today, that your thoughts deluded, 

Don’t see that you’re needed, included. 

If I’d known then, how to save a life. 

I miss her, can’t ignore it, can’t undo, 

It’s why I sit here talking with you. 

There are times I wanted to help — couldn’t, 

I don’t know if the right words stop your doubt? 

But you should know I’m here until —

You decide to ask for help, fight to live. 

If I’d known then, how to save a life. 

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“How to Save A Life” – The Fray

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©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved. 


15 thoughts on “Photo Challenge: Poem – Bop – “How To Save A Life” #dVerse #amwriting #poetry”

  1. I love the circularity of this poem, how it finishes where it starts, encompassing the rest of the poem within.I also like the guidance using imperatives:
    ‘Say the right words,
    Offer hope…
    Take a moment breathe, be optimistic,
    Don’t let despair rule you, you’re not ‘with it’.
    It’s a reassuring poem, like a pair of arms embracing you and telling you everything will be alright:’The clouds will lift, you’ll see and start to think’.

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    1. I always wonder too late. But sometimes words are not enough and desperation is too much. I hope the words are enough but I know that at times they’re not. Thanks for reading!

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