#20 We Are All On This Platform Together
‘We are all still afraid of the dark sometimes. Why wouldn’t we be?’
We Are All On This Platform Together, by Fiona Rattray, is one of over thirty poems featured this year in Passing Time, an exhibition of poetry on railway station platforms across Renfrewshire as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.
Cloudy days can appear whatever the weather
Still you smile and smile and smile until you can smile no more
The door shuts, the kids go to bed, the light goes off and other clouds appear.
Worry, stress, regret, anger and fear
We are all still afraid of the dark sometimes
Why wouldn’t we be?
There is nothing more sure in life than the ringing of the morning alarm
All you can do is rise
Rise in every way you can
Who knows what may come today
Who knows how you may feel
But do your best just to be
Your feelings are important
You are important
You are enough
70 Stories is an online project curated by the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival to mark the 70th anniversary of the Mental Health Foundation. The project connects stories from our Writing Competition, stories from SMHAF participants, and more in a compelling portrait of mental health in 2019.
Keep an eye on mhfestival.com/70stories for new entries in the series. If you are connected in some way to SMHAF or the Mental Health Foundation and would like to contribute a piece of writing to this project, please contact email@example.com.