About FLOW

FLOW (Forces Literary Organisation Worldwide) is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to help and support anyone affected by war and other traumatic experiences in their lives, and to help them share their thoughts online with like-minded people.

Many people find asking for help difficult, do not wish to be identified, or possess self-pride and do not want to disclose their feelings to their peers.

At FLOW, anyone who is affected by trauma, whether that is service personnel, their friends and family or anyone who simply wants to express themselves is invited to share their feelings and thoughts in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

People are welcome to share their stories, poems, letters and lyrics and read other people’s contributions. It can be comforting to engage with like-minded people, knowing that you are not alone in your feelings. Writers have the option to remain anonymous or use a pseudonym if they prefer not to use their real name.

All the publications found on FLOW and its associated websites belong entirely to the authors. The authors we show as owning the writing, are taken from the emails we receive and we accept these as honest and correct. If you know of a piece of work which does not belong to the stated author, please email us and we will investigate further.

FLOW reserves the right to publish any writing submitted in its books and other publications. All the proceeds from our books and other fundraising activities go directly into FLOW.

FLOW’s Poems, Stories, Letters and Lyrics

Submitted stories, poems, letters and lyrics will undergo a moderation process, and after approval, they will be published on the site. We ask that you understand some members of the community may be young, so please understand that some literature may be censored prior to publishing. We do still advise viewer caution due to the nature of the topics discussed.

Poetry
26th May 2020

Upon Receiving a Wartime Letter of Condolence

The hand that had caressed himNow held a pen she kept for best.When she was a child,she would lose herself,In the cloudy blue grey swirls of its shaft.The words would not come at first.Then hesitantly they arrived.‘much appreciated’; ‘great comfort’;So thoughtful’.There was to be a child a heart beatheld in…
Poetry
25th May 2020

Summers’ End

Slipped dress off plastic hanger felt it’s crisp cotton lightness fingertip touch of buttercups and daises a sash of lilac stroked her sun-kissed skin. Breathed in a new memory of meadow-sweet and cup-cakes and small bare feet, running through warm grass. Folds of gathered cotton, twirling, swirling, as he swung…
Stories
25th May 2020

After all – ‘luck is what you make it’.

Sarah’s fingers crept slowly through the clover scented meadow grass; parting it gently she repeated the count in her head, ‘One, two, three – one, two, three - one, two, three’. In the half an hour of painstaking searching, she had never reached the magic four. Sighing with increased doubt…

Raising Funds

At present, FLOW is hoping to raise funds to publish its books on poetry and stories and become a registered charity. To become registered, we must evidence our ability to finance all that we do and wish to do in the coming years.

Every year FLOW hopes to publish a book with a collection of the writing submitted and created over the previous 12 months. FLOW also presently runs on the generous time provided by its volunteer staff, most who are a mix of ex-service personnel and those with no military connections at all, but in order to develop, full-time paid staff are required.

As FLOW is a not-for-profit organisation, all contributions and proceeds from fundraising efforts will go directly back into the organisation so we can continue providing support to those who need it.

Contributions can be made through our website, or alternatively you can contact us to donate directly. If you wish to hold a fundraiser of your own, please contact us.

67

of people exposed to mass violence have been shown to develop PTSD

8

are diagnosed with PTSD during a given year

2

Women are 2x more likely to suffer from PTSD than men

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