STAY: A Poem for World Suicide Prevention Day

Written to Speak Blog.  Written by Tanner Olson. @writtentospeak

Written to Speak Blog.
Written by Tanner Olson.

STAY: A Poem for World Suicide Prevention Day



September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. 

Today all I can say is stay.
And I know that may not be easy to hear

And this one word might bring fear

But stay

Stay for the sunsets and sunrises and surprises that do somersaults straight into your soul.

Stay for the sequels and prequels because you never know if Space Jam 2 will be a bust or beautiful.

Stay for the reunions and weddings and re-runs of Kings of Queens and Freaks and Geeks.

Stay for viral videos of animals doing only what we thought they could do in our dreams.

Stay to take another step with grace.

Stay to wake to another day that could be the best day.

Stay to shake the slumber of your sleeping self.

Stay for confetti cake, because confetti cake is good!

Stay for summer days at the lake and for the moments of give and take.


And I know.
I know, today is hard. 
And tomorrow might be too.
But move closer to see the beauty found within all that has come to be.
Let the light shine through all the cracks, scars, and questions. 

And stay

And I know there are days when the last thing you want to do is stay

But if you stay for today then i’ll see you tomorrow. 

And tomorrow is worth staying for.
And maybe tomorrow we can have some confetti cake. 


much love,

tanner olson
written to speak


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Tanner Olson is a writer, speaker, poet, spoken-word artist, & creator of Written to Speak.
He created Written to Speak to share hope & announce love.

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