World Suicide Prevention Day 2013

Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

There are various events happening around the UK to remember loved ones; talk about suicide and break down taboos. There seem to be quite a few cycling events – which I would have jumped at getting involved in, once upon a cycle.

I’ve been reeling over the past few weeks after hearing of the suicide of a friend and lover who was a big part of my life during my twenties. I hadn’t seen him for more than ten years but last year wrote a poem for him, which I had been considering sending him… sadly it’s too late now. He left this world on 4 August 2013.

Breathing In
For Kraean Fever

You led me to a field of breath
with all its intricate possibilities
for addressing the quandry
of being alive; this forever moment
forever here, forever gone.

I followed your promise of liberation,
down through the rhythm of breath,
absolved by its motion from the nostrils;
into the lungs and further
to the depths of the belly; the centre.

You never learnt to breathe with kindness;
sadly, fell into dangerous cavities
made foolish by a cool intelligence;
and a weapon-like facility for reason.

Years’ later you said you had never been loved
in the way that I loved you:
a pasture ripe for forgiveness,
straining for air under an implacable sun.

About Knitting Time: art and poetry on the theme of psychosis

'Knitting Time: a journey through loss' is a poetry and visual arts project reflecting on the theme of art and psychosis. A book and exhibition of the work is due to be launched at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex on 10 October 2013 to celebrate World Mental Health Day. During this research and development phase I want to gather responses, thoughts, recollections and comments, so please fill in my surveymonkey at and add your let me know what you think? Or feel free to email me via knitting-time [at]
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1 Response to World Suicide Prevention Day 2013

  1. Annamaria says:

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    Did we listen
    as parents ignore
    our children upon their
    last dying moments
    of farewell

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