Horror Writers Association

MHI: CRUMB by David Curfiss


Trigger Warning: This piece addresses mental health

The HWA is pleased to launch its Mental Health Initiative, a coordinated roll-out of events, resources, and activities intended to promote positive mental health, foster the concept of hope, and challenge the stigma of mental illness in the horror genre. The initiative, run by the organization’s Wellness Committee, launches in June, and includes the following blog posts from Of Horror and Hope, a downloadable anthology of poems, flash fiction, and personal reflections on mental health by HWA members.


David Curfiss

It’s hard to be a kid when the world around you is falling apart
The center of everything, yet a lonely heart
It’s hard to be the soft observer, the parent, the controller
The center of a world that requires the young one to be so much older
Diapers, daycare, feeding everyone without sleep
Get up go to school, make the meals, can’t be weak
It’s not fun to be a child whose world wants him wiser
The baker of several cookies
A crumb with no riser

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