Opinions, Please

I have to ask this of my followers, because I stand unsure of it myself. There are plenty of books and poems out there that deal with sensitive topics. Is there a line we don’t cross when ti comes to this? (This is my trigger warning for this post.)

The reason I ask is, I found a prompt about writing your final thoughts as you fall to your inevitable doom. This prompted me to write about suicide. It is dark and taboo thing to some people, if ’13 Reasons Why’ is any indication.

On Prose, I shared the poem with a trigger warning at the top. As someone who struggles with suicidal thoughts as a result of mental illnesses, I recognize the need for that trigger warning. Most of the time, I am fine to read or watch about such things, but if I am down, it is a recipe for disaster.

So I guess my real question is, how do you decide to share something like that? Should it offer something to somebody?

I feel my poem might offer some insight into how someone thinking about suicide might feel, but I don’t want to trigger anybody either.

Here it is, below. I really am curious as to how people feel writing about these kind of things.

One Regret

 
The wind chilled her to the bone
A welcome hug inviting her to Death.
 
Jumping had seemed the only solution
Nothing else worth living for, left.
 
Images of familiar faces shined in her mind
There were no tears in their eyes.
 
Her body crumpled on the ground
Would hardly draw a single cry.
 
Only one regret lay in her heart
And her body hit the stones.

8 thoughts on “Opinions, Please

  1. If we stop talking about the hard things, how does that make life easier? The poem is written well. The moment you censor yourself, everyone that reads your work will only have a censored version of you. I say, give them every last drop of your art and let the fates decide how hard it is for them to swallow. ❤ (On that note…I think it is kind to give warnings…they are good to prepare those who might be sensitive to a certain subject. I add a disclaimer to my sensual work in case it triggers someone as well.)

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    1. Thank you for the advice! I tend to feel the same about sharing art in its true form, uncensored, but I will admit I fear lash back. My last intent ever is to cause harm.

      Also, thank you for the kind words towards my poem. ^.^

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  2. In my opinion, art should never be censored, unless of course it falsely accuses someone and defames them. Yes, some topics can trigger people, and it’s good that warnings are put before such content!
    Your poem encapsulated such intense feelings so beautifully, yet so simply written!

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    1. Thank you for reading! I agree about the censoring, too. I just don’t want to hurt anyone with my words, because that is never the intent. Thus I use warnings when needed. That is the one thing I like about deviantart, the mature content option.

      Thank you for the kind words in regards of my poem! 🙂

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  3. Wonderful poem, thanks for sharing!.. those are your thoughts, do not let the opinion of others dictate as to how you share them or write about them… let your fingers do the walking (typing) and your heart do the talking, you will not go wrong… 🙂

    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
    ― Bernard M. Baruch

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  4. I think this has to be up to the individual blogger and the scope of their blog. I can reblog other posts—like this one—to bring up a subject where I don’t feel confident in my own limited experiences. Because mine is a christ-oriented blog, I do make value decisions about the language allowed—for myself and those I repost. I have written poetry about depression, suicide and other controversial topics (See my most recent…”SOMETIMES HE WISHES…”poem). I try to deal with a subject without invoking vulgarity…which, I believe, DOES have its place and time…and I will very often LIKE a post with those words if i agree with its points!

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    1. Thank you for your opinion! Definitely like the idea of reblogging posts that touch on topics I feel limited on, and will have to start doing that. 🙂

      The darkest topics sometimes require the most light, and it can be tough to do that when it is controversial.

      Anyways, thank you for reading! 🙂

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