My heart and me
Is all I need to be complete;
I could try to stand
But can’t
Unless I know it’s for my heart and me.
I couldn’t see
With just me
So I made sure I still had my heart
To come along with me.
My heart would have worn away long ago
From the exhaustion of being on my sleeve
But for me—it kept beating
And for my heart—I kept breathing
We were meant to be,
My heart and me.
And I can’t love without thee,
My heart
And my heart can’t circulate blood
Without me
It would be a catastrophe
If I left my heart
Or my heart left me.
This is all I need to be complete:
My heart and me—
My heart is a fighter
For it’s been broken from disasters
But I helped mend it back together
And in return,
My heart forgave me—
All I need for love is my heart
And we’ll stand as one:
My heart and me.

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Tarah Hipple

Tarah Hipple is an avid student of social work and cognitive behavioral therapy. She was a blog contributor for the Open to Hope Foundation and recently authored her book Tarah’s Song: Words of Survival, a compilation of poems about her journey from tragedy to suffering to survival. Her first-hand accounts of tragedy at a young age are penned in these poems. Tarah used writing and playing the piano as a sort of therapy, and these creative outlets helped Tarah to be able to discuss feelings she had difficulty expressing. Through intense therapy for her post-traumatic stress disorder, Tarah confronted the past and found peace. She now co-presents with her father, Eric Hipple, and speaks about their continued journey of recovery and suicide prevention. Tarah was born in 1993 and resides in Michigan.

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