The Caress in We

Bar, Kelty Youth Ambassador on February 05, 2018

The Kelty Youth Ambassadors are young people from across the province passionate about raising awareness for mental health and wellness. This year, they have focused on self-care and have created blog posts, photo collages, poetry, and other creative forms of expression to illustrate how self-care takes shape in their lives, and how it helps them maintain their mental wellness. On our blog and social media channels, we will be posting their submissions in a series dedicated to self-care. The below post is one of the KYA submissions.


I felt the waves

ever slowly, creeping,

each more powerful than the last.

Clutching my abdomen

breathes shallow, fiery.

The pupils, dark underbellies of ponds

the horizon stretching

to impending doom.


The ground beneath my hands

so many possibilities –

Oh, but how I wish I could feel.

Would one take for granted?

The roughness, the bite of a splinter

If only the monster more subdued,

could one navigate around the particle?

Fortunately, such a formidable pest frightens me not,

for my calloused fingers

I can finally bring to light.

The years of picking, uninvited injury,

in this moment my desperation and self-loathing sloughed off

for finding myself in this paralyzed state

a splinter

no match for me,

this painful procedure exacerbated not.


But this breath is not the last

I remind my fear.

For last it does not.

And now it is gone.


And I am not alone,

for in this suffering

we stand together.

The checking, the worrying, the picking, the panic, the memories

the echoes of your toils, we hear

we stand together – we share.


And I am not alone,

one chants.


Through this fight, this winding journey,

One may choose, I implore, to navigate the seemingly impenetrable,

the convoluted system,

but one’s own mind – how?

gazing to the signature orange bottles

with their white caps.


A pristine venture

One of healing from within;

a caressing warmth

of the sun on my cheeks

my bare scalp,

as I walk the rooted path

leading nowhere in particular

to the curious birds above.


I bid good afternoon to my fellow feathery friends

For in a journey of growth and tranquility

one must reach out

to their nurturing beloved

person, animal, place, or thing

us, and you




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