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Go Slow, Be Kind, Be Wise - Start Over Again

15 Jul

What a wonderfully moving and inspiring poem singer/songwriter Emily Maguire has written.  She’s also a survivor of and contender with bipolar illness, and her extraordinary work is the product of her experiences with this frustrating and often difficult condition.  

What you see here are actually the lyrics to one of her songs, but, as you can see, the piece works beautifully as a stand-alone poem.

The incomparable Craig Walker posted it on my FB page and it knocked my socks off.  Here is how Craig described it:

Hi Belleruth,
This is from Emily Maguire. She's an independent music artist out of the UK who wrote the song and a book about her life managing her Bipolar Disorder. Here's a link:
I do hope you feature it. Emily is very special and is speaking out about her own experiences and trying to reduce the stigma of mental illness. I know you'll just love her music as well. :)
Take care,

So, thank you, as always, Craig, and here it is:

[E. Maguire]

Caught in the muddy waters, falling down
If I could breathe then I would drown
I’m fifteen, I feel older than God
I got dreams and a hole in my heart

And he said
Go slow, be kind, be wise
Start over again

Out of the muddy waters, I come round
I said I’m off to London town
My love is strong, the years roll by
But now it’s gone in the blink of an eye

And he said
Go slow, you need time, be wise
Start over again

Thrown in the muddy waters, I come down
And you were waiting there on the ground
And then you put your hand in mine
You put your heart on the line

And you said
We’ll go slow, you need time, be mine
And start over again

So pour on the muddy waters, I won’t drown
I’ll be walking a hilltop town
And I will make the most of time
And someday to a child of mine

Well I’ll say
Go slow, be kind, be wise
Start over again, just start over again

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award