A Poem About People Who are Depressed and Suffering From Clinical Depression - Drowning

Sometimes when suffering from clinical depression, you might feel like you are drifting alone in the sea.   Photographer: Michael J. Darling, Photo taken in the Arabian Sea, in 1991.
Sometimes when suffering from clinical depression, you might feel like you are drifting alone in the sea. Photographer: Michael J. Darling, Photo taken in the Arabian Sea, in 1991. | Source

How Many People Suffer Silently With Clinical Depression

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About This Poem

Clinical depression is a serious and often paralyzing illness. I wrote this poem to describe the overwhelming feelings of isolation and hopelessness often experienced by those who are suffering from Clinical Depression.

Drowning

Drifting and alone in unknown seas

Waves come washing over me

I have the urge to swim, but can't

Just me all alone caught in the current's dance.

Assault of emotions, tears like the rain

Alone in the calm tranquil sea of my pain.

Ball of fire blazing down upon my head

My existence filled with dread,

Buffeted by the changing wind

Until the thunderheads gather above again.

I never see them until they are there,

Alone as I drift, without a prayer.

Over my head their anger breaks,

Stealing my breathe in their wake.

This time surely, my life they will take

Reaching up, gasping for breathe

Cries for help fall on ears gone deaf.

Still alive I don't know why

For I am now prepared to die.

Blistered and parched my bleeding heart

Remnants of my soul torn all apart.

It would be so easy to just give in,

Slip under the water and to my end.

I don't know why I continue on

Each night believing in the coming dawn,

For though the sun will surely rise

Its promise is just another lie.

If no one can see me, am I already a ghost?

Lost forever with no hope?

Desperate pleas for some kind of change

But the answers remain just out of range.

Hallucination or mirage,

My weary mind must be the cause.

If I could only fall asleep and get some rest

I might find my way out of this mess,

Instead I continue to drift in and out of fog

Everything is still all wrong.

Should I lay me down to sleep

Into my dreams sadness will creep

And I will just be washed away

So I fight to stay wide awake

I have the urge to swim but can't

Just me all alone, caught in the current's dance.

-Kristen Burns-Darling ©January 2012 (all rights reserved)


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

I thought you did a good job in bringing language forward to capture the effects of being in the deep valley, the arms of depression.


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@ytsenoh - Thank you so much for the gift of your time and your comments, they are both welcomed and deeply appreciated.

Kristen


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

This could very well be used to describe clinical depression. Drowning is a very good description ... drowning in emotions and feelings.


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@homesteadbound - Thank you so much for the generosity of your time and comments, they are so very welcomed and deeply appreciated. Have a great day!

Kristen


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Lisa Luv 4 years ago from Conneticut, USA

EXCELLENT!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

This is a great poem that I can relate to, great work.

Voted up, interesting and useful.


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Lisa Luv - Thank you for the generosity of your time and your gracious comment, both are welcome and deeply appreciated.

Kristen


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@writer20 - Thank you for the generosity of your time, your comments, and the votes, they are all very welcomed and deeply appreciated.

Kristen


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Beautiful poem. Depression is a terrible sickness.Thank goodness there is help out there..Thank you..


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Great words that I am sure many will be able to relate to and find comfort from.

Thanks for sharing and take care.

Eddy.


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@always exploring - Depression is absolutely awful,and will not just go away without medical attention, and so many suffer either not knowing that they are depressed, or so depressed that they refuse to seek help. It is tragic. Thank you so much for the generosity of your time and your comments, they are both so deeply appreciated.

Kristen


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Eiddwen- Thank you for the gift of your time, your comments, and your support, they are always welcomed and deeply appreciated..

Kristen


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

The tragedy is many don't know the problem and can't seek help if they did. I love seeing realities brought out in poetry.


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Jackie Lynnley - Hi Jackie! It is an absolute tragedy that so many out there suffer with something that there is help for! Thank you so much for the generosity of your time, your comments and your continued support, they are both welcomed and deeply appreciated.

Kristen


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I've read this a couple of times now. You painted the shroud of darkness very well.


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@mckbirdbks - Good morning! It's always a nice way to start the day when I find a comment left by a friend as nice as you!

Kristen


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge

You are such a talented writer and poet. Someday, I'm going to be able to say, " I knew her when ..."


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Poohgranma - Awww! Thanks Sherry! You brighten my day with your unwavering friendship and support!

Kristen


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RobinGrosswirth23 4 years ago from New York

Each night believing in the coming dawn.....still symbolic of hope

Sometimes depression isn't always self-imposed and is sometimes caused by bullying and other infractions upon the soul of a good person, rendering them unable to free themselves of harm.

Your poem is excellent in showing that a person going through such a harrowing experience is in essence being taken away by the currents---being dragged by riptides.


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@RobinGrosswirth23 - I think that you are very accurate when you say that depression isn't always self-imposed, I have seen many people whose depression is rooted in the way that they are seen by others, and by their vision of themselves as seen through the words and or actions of others. I think sometimes it can also be caused by the sense of lonliness one might feel when they perceive that noone understands that their life is being controlled by forces that they themselves have no control over. Thank you for your time and for your comments, they are both welcomed and deeply appreciated.

Kristen


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SMonaghan119 3 years ago from PA

Hello fellow writer, I like the emotion in your writing. Takes a poet to really appreciate a poetic message.


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K. Burns Darling 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@SMongahan119 - Thank you for the generosity of your time and for you comments, both are welcomed and deeply appreciated.

Kristen


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

Your description captures the struggle and does so with such poetic grace. Thank You. Kim

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