A Poem on Depression

For Mental Health Awareness Month 2017

4/21/17

 

Insidious

 

Depression is a snake

Lying in the grass

Just waiting for you to walk by

To strike

 

All it takes is one mistake

A missed class

A failed test

A lost item

To give the shame an excuse

 

To attack with a vengeance

To make you wish to disappear

To drag your good brain through the mud

 

Sometimes you can ignore it

Enough to function again

 

But sometimes it takes hold

Dragging you by the ankles

Back into that silent hell

Where there is no light or meaning

 

You scream

Only to realize there’s no sound

You fight

Just to find that you’re paralyzed

 

And all you can do is wait

Frozen

Until God thaws the grief

That holds you captive

 

© Sarah Ann Henderson 2017