Why aren't we talking about how we feel?

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Why aren't we talking about how we feel?

Lauren Walsh, 18

These were once two poems. They sat next to each other in my notebook for a year before I realised what they could say together. While their messages are at odds, both were written within days of each other, at a time when my emotions were in turmoil, and I couldn’t see a way to find balance. All I wanted then was for someone to talk to, someone who really meant it when they asked ‘how are you feeling’. I’m still looking for that balance, and some days it’s closer than others, but it’s always getting better and if I’m honest, if you asked me now, I would say I feel okay. Sometimes all you need to do is ask.

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The John Byrne Award