A Poem on Depression

For Mental Health Awareness Month 2017





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


Until God thaws the grief

That holds you captive


© Sarah Ann Henderson 2017