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I can feel it coming, Like the waves rolling towards the shore. I can feel the curtains coming down, Like they do after a play, Blotting out the light and everything in sight. Like the harbinger of doom and plunging me into darkness, The curtains are coming down, And I retreat into the darkness with...
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Pray! Pray they have always told me, We are the people of prayers Not of any sickness of the mind We are not of those of sickness of the soul There is no weakness in the spirits and hearts of the believer, they said. But in my heart is a a secret, Something has taken...
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Sister Priye, When they come in their numbers to offer condolences over the death of your child, you must simply tell them that it is the will of God. When the depression starts to creep in, you must intensify your prayers, Because depression is not for the children of God. When the suicidal thoughts trickle...
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You see them everyday, wares balanced precariously on little heads Shoulders bent from carrying the world Dripping in the rain, sweating in the sun, shivering during the harmattan. They are the denizens of traffic “Ice cold minerals!” “Buy you gala here Aunty!!” “Pure water, pure water!!!” They call out fervently in hope Eyes forever searching...
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When gloom helps The melody is set on repeat My depression dancing to its beat The darkness only I can see It be, the light to my depression When gloom helps The rhythm is racing with my mind Drowning my mind farther even into this gloom The clouds covered with gloom hovered all around me...
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My therapist asks me to tell him how my week went I start with Sunday at church I tell him of how I danced in church that day & mother smiled for the first time in a while I was sure she thought I was dancing off my demons I tell him of how the...
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Last night, happiness came visiting again Afraid of rejection He silently stole into my room He sang not serenades Not did he woo me with the Shakespearian Sonnets His feathery touch took my soul on the path of healing As he wiped away the tears that I cried in my sleep And when I turned...
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Darkness came visiting last night Singing a serenade so lovely That my heart wept He invited me on a date To all the places I’ve always dreamt of going He said we would cruise the land of Àrán* And feast with the Ìlọfà* Together we would dance to the beats of Gángan* And swish our...
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I need the crowd My demons are crowd-shy But I’m all alone So they are here again The demon in my dreams We sleep together at night The light chases them away But lately they’ve become bolder   Oh the walls of my room Why have you forsaken me? The demons have made you their...
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From the edge of Denial It is over I am not doing fine I am tired of hiding behind fake smiles I can’t keep living this way This is not right, it is not normal, And most importantly, it is not my fault, I have wished and I have prayed, I have cried and I...
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