Freezing rain.

by Poet on the Piano   Feb 24, 2016

Another poem to my depression:

You are what I slip on
and I hate how cold I become,
bitter in words and repulsed
when someone tries to love me
or reach out to me,
even when it's not the sky
I thought we would both
become tender by.

I have been touched by
your lies for far too long...

I will not be another statistic.
I will not be silenced.
I will choose to not believe the shadows.
I will choose to not surrender to the darkness.

I will not die along the path of recovery
all because of the weather that tries
to disrupt my peace of mind.


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  • 2 years ago

    by Milly Hayward

    I really like your poem and how you have portrayed depression particularly how it twists the way we perceive things:

    "I have been touched by your lies for far too long"

  • 2 years ago

    by Ben Pickard

    Absolutely. As you say, it really isn't a case of just "being happy" always, is it? It is a constant battle. I think the trick is, though, to never give up on wanting to battle it. As soon as you do, it wins.
    Best wishes,

  • 2 years ago

    by Dagmar Wilson

    This has touched me and hit home for me. Depression is no joke and it does exist but it does not define who we are. It's a struggle and it takes everything in us but we are strong people. People don't understand nor try instead they like to advise us to get over. Not that simple. From what I am reading you are on the right path. Keep going. Take care

  • 2 years ago

    by Ben Pickard

    "Another poem to my depression"


    Certainly, a depressing start simply because of the fact that this suggests there have been many.
    But that's okay when you are fighting it like this. I love how you have personified depression here, allowing you to face something "solid" almost, rather than just a condition. It certainly feels real enough when we are suffering it - it demands a face to be slapped upon! This poem does that.
    I have heard too many people offering too much useless advice about how to tackle this killer, but the plain and simple truth is, it is always there; the best way to stand up to it, though, is with a never-say-die attitude and an unwillingness to let it in anymore. It sounds like you might be on the path to beating it.....
    Take care and all the best,

    • 2 years ago

      by Poet on the Piano

      Thank you so much, Ben, I truly appreciate it. I think so many people mean well, or may not know how to help at first, but I've heard a lot of people say to "just get over it" or "just be happy". While happiness IS a choice I believe, sometimes it's not as simple as that. I pray that people can overcome depression with the right tools, whether that be meds, therapy, etc... but for some it is chronic and so that person is constantly needing to work through it and remind themselves that there is hope EVERY day.