Mindout Black history month and world mental health day – Cleo Philips (young person at Allsorts)

January 15th, 2015 by

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My experience at the Mindout event celebrating black history month and world mental health day, was an inspiring one that will stay with me.  A top part was being able to hear a reading of a poet / novelist work Jackie Kay.

Jackie Kay is a Scottish poet and novelist who is now a professor in creative writing for Newcastle University. Her work looks at LGBT and mental health themes within her books, also life experience of her background (heritage) and environment.

I was approached by Mindout to perform a spoken word piece and to say a little a bit about myself. Some seemed to empathise and others, were touched by the poem, that I chose which I felt connected to. Plus the insight on how I coped with my heritage, environment and mental health. Over all taking part of the event allowed me to gain one step closer to being balanced.

As a whole I felt was a great success, the many faces reflected that.

Here is the address link of the podcast of the whole event that happened on the 11th October 2014 http://outinbrighton.podomatic.com/entry/2014-11-18T06_38_43-08_00


The Girl I Used To Be “PTSD”

Among the cluttered archives of my pondering
Lie the memories of a girl who I used to be,
My eyes alight,
Radiant as the sun,
But my figure grows dim,
With every breath that’s drawn.

The inquiring mind’s question lie eternally quiet
My heart’s inner strength quietly accrued,
The insistent cruelty claims my will as it’s prize,
embedding it’s hatred into my deepest confines,
Riddled with conflict, despair, and my recent host.

My identity peals
my former self is now like a ghost.
As I cling to the memories
of what once innocence I had
a searing pain streams through me
as I mourn.

This girl is pure as rain
It is now all gone
I resolved, self-assurance
Will, and life all won.

Won by a cruelty too often given on the timid
Teased and criticized, abused by critique
Judgment weighs on my slight frame
The weight of the world… I am to blame
She loves on in spite of her imminent demise
Rendered by those I loved so deeply.
With once my bright eyes

The eyes reflect on this tattered soul
The eyes that grow dim as she will never be whole
Damaged and beaten by life itself
The irony is uncanny
The toll it has taken is so real
This shell keeps going
A outsider she is now
The opposite of a corpse
She is now the living dead
Why her heart continues beating
or blood flows through her veins
Why she draws in breath
Or why she even has a name…
Is a questioning plea
for someone to reclaim.
The girl I used to be

– Author unknown