Monday, 5 September 2016

poetry 2016 / 099


I don't do them well, these press-ups.
It's as much as I can manage to lower
myself a couple of inches
then rise back up like a smoker for a ciggie
phlegm rising like the bilge in a sinking barge.
I try to vary the videos –
today I'm in the cemetery,
on a bit of dry path beneath a willow;
the dog leads clutched in my off-camera hand.
Amos is excited, a near miss with death
(barking at and chasing cars) left him
with a lust for life, though he's miffed the cat
in the window of one-twelve remained unmoved
by his bark and threatened chase.
I haven't the heart to tell him it was a statue.
Bugger. I've lost count. Was that twenty-two?
Best I do a couple more. Shut up
barking, idiot. It's a policeman.

Day 5 of 22 push-ups a day for 22 days to raise awareness for combat veterans.

There are 22 vets a day that are committing suicide, and this is a small way to raise awareness for that issue.

Once you are nominated your 22 days start the following day. Every day you record yourself doing 22 push-ups. Try your best to reach 22. If that means doing assisted (from your knees) push-ups or that you have to stop and take a break that's fine but try to get them all done in one video.

Every day you SHOULD nominate a different person. Try to choose people you think will want to do this and/or have the ability to do it

And finally, have fun with this. This is a simple and fun way to get the word out about a matter that more people need to be aware about. These brave men and women put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and its sad that so many veterans feel that suicide is the only way out.

If anyone watching this video would like to make a donation to Combat Stress which is a Uk based charity helping vets suffering from PTSD text 'PTSD22' to 70004 to donate £5 *


Stephanie Wright said...

<3 Love to you and Amos. Who doe them well anyway? You are perfect.

Rachel Green said...

Thank you :) Amos is an idiot.

aims said...

I'm impressed. Simple as that.

As for Amos....well....... :0)

Rachel Green said...

Thank you :)