Needless Death

 suicidal man on dock

What will drive us to act

on the needless deaths

from mental health crisis

It's not about personal failure

Not bad character

Not individual flaws

It's collective responsibility

Why does it not devastate us

to read about yet another death

It could be you

It could be me

It will be all of us

If we do not act


Systems will save us

So we must create them

New systems

that we imbue with hope 

that we stitch with love

that we repair with our own pain




must be forged by humanity

for humanity

to save us from ourselves