Out of the Darkness

Out of the darkness and into the light

We walk to remember those taken from our sight

Taken by sorrow and hopelessness and despair

Taken by depression and the emotions that impair

We walk in remembrance, we walk to find solace

We walk in shell-shocked disbelief

That are loved ones are not beside us

Through the miles and twists and turns

It all starts to sink in

We are here and this is real

Horror suddenly  begins

But we look around at our fellow survivors

And in them we find comfort and calm

A camaraderie  and strength in numbers

That offers a healing balm

When all in your soul

Wants to, overcome by grief, run

Instead you walk and walk

Toward the shining sun

Hoping to inspire

The world to pay attention

Hoping they will join the fight

In memory of loved ones mentioned

Hoping they will take notice

And look for the signs

Hoping that they will  reach out

To the many hurting minds

We walk to remember

We walk to forget

A labor of love

That says,

It’s not over, not yet

We walk to shine a spotlight

We walk the silence to end

Never forget why we walk

And that we walk, amongst friends…

A walk to find peace

A walk to raise awareness

Our loved ones smile over us

And their souls whisper… “yes”

Walk to remember me,

Walk to ease the pain

But never let others forget

That I have a name

“I will walk beside you”, they whisper

Their presence there is real

Out of the darkness and into the light

We walk, we love, we feel.








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I am a wife, mother, RN, make-up artist, and musician, who also happens to have a mood disorder. Fortunately, I will not let the latter define me. I am also a survivor of suicide loss. This website is dedicated to my brother, Jefferson Joseph Blanton-Harris ("Joey"). This site is to share thoughts about beauty, fashion, and most of all, mental health. Because fabulousness starts with good mental health! ~"I only want to see you laughing in the Purple Rain" - Prince

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