Poetry by Charles Joseph

How To Save a Life

Save a life by remembering your blessings, your faults,
And the times you denied that you ever had any
You will then understand what you see

Leave your urges on the sidewalk
Go inside the space that you created
Then create space to draw on the wall

Cut the strings of restraint from your fingers
This is what you call freedom
We are not puppets; you, a puppeteer.

Next time you lift your arm, grab the edge of a cloud
Find the message of the souls lost too soon
Maybe they found the knowledge needed To Save A Life.


15 responses to “How To Save a Life”

  1. Wonderful piece.Loved it.💕

    1. Thank you soooo much!! And thank you for taking the time to comment! 🙏🏾🙏🏾

      1. Truly my pleasure.❤️

  2. Poignant. Soft but powerful. Beautiful.

    1. Thank you immensely Meg!

  3. Wow, I didn’t know I have to create a secondary space in the primary one🙂

    1. haha yes! This part of the poem is saying to create a space in your house where the child can be themselves and do child things (like drawing on the wall)

      1. Oh ok I see

  4. I like how you’ve structured your poem, it’s like a self help piece but with more rhyme and flow

    1. Yes!! I was aiming to give it that self-help theme. It means a lot that you were able to pick up on that! Thank you for commenting 🙏🏾

      1. 🙂

  5. Powerful! ‘cut the strings of restraint from your fingers’ – That line hits you right, i like the structure and i think a comment above pointed it out too. It’s well written, not preachy but i felt a sense of guidance and strength whilst reading it.

    1. Thank you for your wonderful comment! You’re right about the sense of guidance. One choice that I made in this piece is structuring it like an instruction manual–so, guidance. I feel like maybe we’re so used to being restrained that we forget how to move freely. This piece teaches you how to 🙂

  6. Very powerful message , beautifully written.🙏

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