Scrapes and Japes – Written Thursday 4th November 2021 (Aged 46)

Scrapes and Japes

my body is fine,
my physical health,
not too bad
my well being and mental health
all those times of feeling sad
what have i done?
the happy go lucky sort –
talk about building resilience
i just think of trauma
and the weights added to my conscience

what have i done –
with this precious life of mine
the scrapes and japes
were never drowned in wine
or beer by the crate
it is the damage to my mental health
and what sort of shape have i left it in?

when i look across –
the landscape of my past
i am not sure if it is a calm meadow
or a battlefield that i’ve had to pass
i am sure that i was made to last
but trying to make sense –
of adventures that have passed
i can only think –
that my mental health and well being –
has well and truly being taken to task

James Garratt – Thursday 4th November 2021

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