A stitch in time…

They say a stitch in time saves nine

But who knows that we are broken

When our smiles catch the light and we mesmerise with our stories of hope

And our lives unfold like a picture book

Full of Princes, Princesses and perfection

No poverty here, no lack of good cheer- no sleep deprived hell

Or whispers of madness.


They say a stitch in time saves nine

But who knows we are broken

When we give with compassion

And our public persona is playfully convivial,

Full of charismatic colourful conversation disguising the trivial.

No hidden hopelessness here, no silent solitude, no depth of despair

Or signals of worthlessness wounding within.


We march on.

We playfully tease.

We make small talk

With skillful ease.


We wish you had seen our innermost thoughts.

We wish you had been a true friend of sorts.

We wish you had held out your hand to take ours.

We wish you had noticed that whilst we spoke through flowers

We were broken, bereft, beyond all life’s care.

All we wanted was you to be there, to lift up our spirits

Make the sun shine,

And be the stitch in time that saves nine.


©Alison Jean Hankinson

I wrote this for a prompt earlier in the week at d”verse but missed the widget, so here it is for open link night. Love to you all. XXXXX Love for the lost. XXXX




Author: alisonhankinson

Walking tall whenever I can.

18 thoughts on “A stitch in time…”

  1. Very timely post. This is one of the most difficult things about depression. For many it is easy to cover up the feelings and hide them down deep where no one sees or suspect. Get past the I’m fine and find out how others really are beyond the superficial greeting.

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  2. This was so amazing! We are all broken dealing with our struggles in life, but somehow we manage to get ourselves back up and move forward. I am so excited to read more of your fantastic posts!! I hope that if you have the time, you will check out my blog and find it a good read. I aim to encourage and inspire others through my words and life experiences. I hope you have a nice evening and a great Friday!!

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  3. You’ve hit the nail on the head with this one, Alison: who knows that we are broken? So many people smile through their pain and nobody knows what is underneath. We’ve been taught to be brave. Poetry is the best place to unravel the pain and turn it into something else.
    I love the final lines.

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