Even They – When Our Supporters Suffer



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Even They – When Our Supporters Suffer


Even they

Have their down days

Those ones who often

Buoy us up.

Yes, they too

Are dashed and smashed

Upon the rocks of life

Having their share of strife

They too have grown weary

At times swimming with


Seeming to show little fuss

As they tread water


In the power of the great


Their strokes tire

And waves wash them



Will have a day

Where the tumult of life’s sea

Catches them in

The melee


If they could be free

And drift gently, gently


And moor

Upon the care

For them

That we all share.



We all have those days, at times, even weeks, where life seems against us. This poem arose from moments when we see others cast upon the vicicissitudes of life and, is for them. For some musical accompaniment, you may like to listen to Eric Genuis’s The Tempest.

Simon C.J. Falk 9 July 2018






To Surrender

To Surrender

For those experiencing physical and mental illness and their loved ones

On and on and on and

On, it goes.

That little bit


Than before.

Another smidgen

Of freedom

And movement

And memory



Nobody knows.


It has gone.

As loved ones

Watch on

Attendant and expectant,

Ever poised.

But now



From the ever-flowing demands

And adrenalin.



In resignation

In sadness

In exhaustion.

And we,

Looking on,

And lingering

On the periphery,

Surrender too,

As the empathic


And disappointment

Gives way



A new way forward

Has begun.


Simon C.J. Falk 2 September 2017



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For The Black Dog Bites Severely


For all those we know and love.  May they find peace and vigour again.


For The Black Dog Bites Severely

For some the Black Dog bites severely,

Smiting in an awful wound;

The cost to victims is dearly,

As they may feel sorely doomed.


The bite may infect like rabies,

And take a diabolic toll;

Turning certitudes to maybes,

As it eats at body, mind and soul.


And we, we try to tend them,

To bring the balm of cheer;

Apply the discipline of listening,

A focussed, compassionate ear.


It may take medication,

To bring the chemical mix to still;

And it takes love and dedication,

To bandage their battered will.


And so we send these words out,

To the one’s we know by name;

And to all their suffering companions,

Who feel much the same.


May they receive the treatment,

The best care all can give;

For we want them all to flourish,

And again to fully live.



Simon C.J. Falk 18 October 2016

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