Yashi Brown “Notice Me”
WATCH Yashi perform “Notice Me”
Poem starts at 13:15
Celebrated spoken word artist and award-winning mental health advocate, Yashi Brown, wrote this beautiful poem with the Hookist community to support Change Direction.org‘s 5 signs of Emotional Pain.
Yashi is currently in the studio with her multi-talented family, The Jacksons (yep, those Jacksons!), putting our poem to music! Look for it soon on iTunes!
My wall of ice melts easily.
Somehow, I can’t utter a sound.
I’m muted, my anxiety profound.
The mime in the box, yeah that’s me.
But not only am I silenced, this mime is not seen.
A tiny radiance from a distant place
can change how I feel and the look on my face.
I can feel it’s warmth, reaching places
that I haven’t seen or felt in ages.
I dance slowly around this inner sun
My power is within.
But I am spellbound from a smile or catched up by a glance,
With a sudden move, from alive into trance.
Is that light thru my pinhole just a mirage,
or a miracle healing for self-sabotage?
What cruelty has the world placed upon you,
With eyes so sad and heart so meek?
What’s in this moment? Your personality seems changed.
I can’t read your energy. All seems rearranged.
Then tears come down as rivers of emotions flow
and reveal the need to heal a broken soul
Take my caloused hand. It’s fought the fight you are fighting.
I have won my own battle and have a passion still worth lighting.
I’m not here to judge you or get in your way.
I’m just here to be with you if you want me to stay.
Each of us embodies light,
Two spirits joined burn twice as bright
I see your pain
that you think is unseen.
Your life is worth much more
than you think.
Moving forward, and now that I have spoken my initiative –
what direction is that?
If I can be alone and not lonely
I’ll know I am finally free
Free to be me, free to exist,
the urge to die I can resist.
Oh, for the courage to reach across the room
to be like a flower ready to bloom.
Embrace who you are, taking nothing for granted,
for your peace will grow from the seeds that are planted.
But if I stumble,
promise that you will employ patience
and help me to heal once again.
Freedom, healing, self love – wow! How do I remember?
Like storing pictures in the cloud, it comes back when you surrender.
The heaviness of your heart
keeps you stuck on the ground
Your words fall flat
in this world full of sound.
Some are silenced by judgement,
Others silenced by pain
It’s easy to say, “there is nothing I can do”.
It’s easy to say, “I’ll call later”.
It’s easy to walk away.
Now we walk together, no longer dwelling in misery,
Not a “you” or an “I”,
But an “us,” a “we”.
For every stride I assisted you with,
I unknowingly helped me.
You noticed me.
Things about me that repelled or scared others,
You recognized as pain.
The sweetest expression
of love one can give
is to give of themselves
so another might live.