A Poem To Celebrate World Poetry Day 21st March 2018

This is a poem to celebrate World Poetry Day which was on 21st March. I did invite others on our Facebook page to share their own poems; alas, nobody took up the offer.

The poem was originally submitted to a Twitter poetry group #SenseWrds who set the prompt words: ‘Hereafter’ ‘Overcome’ ‘Beyond’ for inspiration.

I think that anyone living with mental health distress will relate to the poem. Especially during times of remission, when the darkness shifts slightly and a new light, however dim begins to dawn bringing the sweet promise of  recovery.  I hope they will see it as a positive message of hope.


Not one to surrender,
Succumb or stay down.
Move on, move forward,
Keep swimming, don’t drown.
Survival’s a mantra,
Now and always.
Guiding her forth,
The rest of her days.


~Elsa Katy Ryan
©2018, Elsa Katy Ryan.
Used with permission.