Poetry: Safe Harbour

By Monica C. Voskamp


Don’t you dare give up

But it’s okay to feel the way you do.




Lost in a sea of oppressive emotions

That threaten to be your final



But that doesn’t mean defeat.

That doesn’t mean lost.

That doesn’t mean you give up.

It simply means you are human.


You feel.

You wrestle.

You struggle.

You bleed red

Just like all of



Know there are 7.7 billion others

In the sea of life.

Some swimming fine,

Most getting tired.

Some struggling for breath

Some oxygen deprived

And sinking  fast. 


Don’t you dare give up

Even though the sea of life is hard

It is hard…

For all 7.7 billion of us.

We all struggle.

We all are here,

In the same unpredictable

Tidal oceans called



Don’t you give up

Because if you do

Someone else will lose hope too.


We are each other’s lifelines.

We are each other’s safe harbour.

When the storms persist to rage,

We are each other’s voice in the dark.

When life is too cold,

We are each other’s reassuring warmth

That we don’t tread these waters



So today right now

Don’t you give up.

You are needed here

More than you know.

You are someone else’s

Safe harbour

Leading them



Always believe. Always hope. Always love. 💕

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