R U OK

WHEN YOU STRUGGLE WITH YOUR DEMONS

TRYING TO HOLD YOUR FEARS AT BAY

YOU HEAR THOSE WORDS OF COMFORT

“HEY MATE, ARE YOU OK?”

 

WHEN THE ROCKY ROAD LOOMS AHEAD

AND YOU THINK “NO BLOODY WAY!”

FROM BEHIND YOU COMES THE QUESTION

“HEY MATE, ARE YOU OK?”

 

WHEN LIFE SEEMS SUCH A BATTLE

AND YOU’RE LOSING IN THE FRAY

SOMEONE ALWAYS SEEMS TO ASK

“HEY MATE, ARE YOU OK?”

 

WHEN THE STORM RAGING IN YOUR SOUL

BLOCKS OUT THE SUN’S LAST RAY

A FRIEND WILL STAND BESIDE YOU

AND ASK “ARE YOU OK?”

 

WHEN YOU FEEL ABANDONED

AND THE DEVIL WANTS TO PLAY

SOMEONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU

WILL ASK “ARE YOU OK?”

 

WHEN LIFE’S CROSSROADS CONFUSE YOU

AND YOU HAVE TO STOP AND PRAY

YOU HEAR A WHISPER FROM ABOVE

“HEY MATE ARE YOU OK?”

 

WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE LIES BESIDE YOU

AND SAYS THEY’LL ALWAYS STAY

NO MATTER WHAT CONFRONTS YOU

YOU KNOW YOU’LL BE OK.

 

By Tomas ‘Paddy’ Hamilton
13 June 2019

 

FILE PHOTO (2019): Officers and sailors on HMAS Adelaide’s flight deck during a mental-health awareness event at Garden Island. Photo by Petty Officer Justin Brown.

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