Poem About Defeating Depression

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I Can't

I can't do it...
The voice cries out
Again and again
I can't do it...
Haunts her days
And then her nights
I can't do it...
A block is there
That stops her flow.

There's no rhyme
There's no reason
Just an endless seige
Of not believin'
Can't overcome
This feeling.
It stops this girl
From really dealing.

I don't want to hear you
She heard her mother
Hit the cold floor.
I'm tired of you talking
She heard the sobs
Through her walls.
Stop your crying
She hears the echo
Of the tears.

I can't stop this
Screaming
In my head
I'm not dreaming
The nightmare's there
When I'm not sleeping.
There's no time
For any grieving.

I can't do it
Stops her writing
I can't do it
Stops her pen.
I can't do it
Makes her life hell
I can't do it
Holds her down.

You can't do it
That's what she heard
You can't do it
That''s what she learned
You can't do it
Those were his words.

I can't do it...
That's what I hear
I can't do it...
That's what I fear
I can't do it
That's what I know
I can't do it
That where I go.

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I Can

You can do it
Says the sweet voice
Barely heard amidst the screams.

You are loved
Whispers this voice
With a soft appealing tone.

It is finished.
Says the small voice
With a calm authority.

Go in peace
It's over now
Rest and believe
I'll show you how.
The pain is done
You've been set free
You don't have to
Prove you're worthy.
I loved you then
And I love you still
You are my daughter
You are my will.

It is finished...
I have done it.
You can do it.
You can do it.

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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

What a gripping poem that shows the power of words used against us versus words that raise us up.

I felt it was a very spiritual poem showing the way that love and faith can heal all wounds.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

That, my friend, was incredibly beautiful! I absolutely loved it and this may be my favorite of all your works. Great job!


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

very nice expression, so powerful, Wow. I like it.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

I can so relate the above with my kid. He's always I can't do it...gotta slow down my pace and narrate those gentle lines...you can do it

voted up indeed!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@HBN, thank you so much for your comment. Yes, you said it so well: the power of words is what it's about. This poem was a spiritual experience for me to write and I appreciate you reading and understanding. Take care and blessings!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend,very beautiful poem and when reading it you can feel the power in the words grab at your emotions .

Vote up and more !!!

Have a awesome weekend my friend !


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Billy, thank you so much for reading. It's a strange experience, sometimes, to write a poem and get feedback so quickly for it, and I am humbled by it. This poem comes from my own experience and it was moving to write. I am honoured you shared the experience by reading. Take good care and have a wonderful weekend.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@cleaner3, a comment from a poet like yourself means so much. I thank you for reading, my friend. Have a wonderful weekend!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Ruchira, thank you so much for commenting. I am so glad that you could relate to this with your son. Yes, kids can be so hard on themselves, can't they? And that gentle word can just do so much. Take care and blessings to you and yours!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Kashmir, thank you so very much! I appreciate your words. You have a great weekend, too, and I hope you are doing well.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I had chills when I read this poem. It was so powerful! We can move past the pain and that sweet voice who whispers that you can do it is all that counts when all is said and done. I posted this of Facebook. Voted up, awesome and beautiful.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Yes, the victory is won!!! Awesome hub. Loved the unexpected at the end! In His Love, Faith Reaper


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Pamela, thank you so much. This poem was straight from the heart and I appreciate you reading, and sharing it.

You are so right in saying that it's all about hearing that sweet voice in the end, no matter what came before. That is so insightful. Take care.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

That is so absolutley powerful... I can't even put into words the emotion I was feeling as I was reading the first part... but it was dark and depressing. I am glad you ended it with a lightened note! Outstanding!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Faith Reaper,amen, sister, it sure is! He is real and so is his love. Blessings and thanks so much for the comment!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Barbie Girl, thank you so much. This poem is kind of my emotional life story, I guess. A lot of sadness to start, but then afterwards hope and new life. I'm honoured that you read. Have a wonderful evening and take care!


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Jewels 4 years ago from Australia

I can relate to this piece, especially now as I'm undertaking a uni course for the first time - as a mature age student. I'm fighting the I can't, a remnant of grade school and a few more life experiences. I'm sure many can feel the personal nature to your poem.


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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

I don't know much about poetry and these kinds of things but I do know this is your best ever work. Totally gripping, waiting for the next line. it left a tear in my eye. Well done pp you are one fine lady. voted up :)


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

This is awesome!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

What a beautifully written poem. I love and live the transformation that is offered by the cross! We are created in the image of a God who spoke things into existence ... words are powerful!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Jewels, thanks so much for sharing. I know what you mean. When we try to take on something new, it's sometimes very difficult to push through the barriers from within ourselves. Congratulations on going back to school -- that is a big step of courage. Thanks so much for the comment. I am honoured. Take care!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Brian, you're making me tear up, too. Thank you. This poem was a very raw, honest poem for me and I am so glad that it resonated with you. Thanks again for your kind words. Take good care.

@Anamika, thank you so much for reading and commenting. Take care.

@Cindy, amen! Yes, the one who made us loves us more than we can imagine. And the power of the cross is so powerful. Thank you so much for reading and for your powerful comment. Blessings to you and yours.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

This is a compelling read.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

There are not enough words to descibe how wonderful your writing is! It is/can be an inspiration for us all!

Voted up for outstanding!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Vinya, thank you so much. I respect you as a poet very much and I appreciate your words. Take care.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Audra, I am so glad you enjoyed the poem. It was from my heart and I think sometimes the best writing comes when we can be real. It's a bit frightening but I am so delighted that it resonated. Take good care!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Excellent writing - totally absorbing!

voted up/awesome


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@MM, I appreciate your words so much. Take care!


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traslochimilano 4 years ago from USA

Awesome Hub, I have never seen like this.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Trans, thank you so much. Have a wonderful evening!


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

'I Can't' was so painful to read and left me a hopeless feeling until the soothing, uplifting words of 'I Can' were found at the end. What a wonderful message to all those out there feeling the desperation expressed here. Wonderful write, Sharilee! Wonderful!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

PF, thank you so much for your insight. Yes, the feeling at the beginning was desperation and then hope broke through. Thank you so much for reading. Take care!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

So, so beautiful, girl! I felt and could relate to the "can't do it" part. And then the freedom and release in the second part. Wow. Glad I found this one. Many votes, Sharilee. Loved it. Sharing!


shorty72 4 years ago

I loved reading this it reminds me of an ad I seen on tv the other day . There was a poem being read and it was about can't and how quickly this four letter word if we drop on letter will turn despair into hope in a matter of seconds . Here is the web site that it was on can.com.au if you would like to see it. Thank you for a great hub.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Victoria, thank you so much for reading and sharing! This was a poem that I lived through and I am glad that you could relate, too. I appreciate your words so much. Take care!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Shorty, so true and what a powerful message! Thanks for sharing that connection. Have a wonderful day!


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jaydene 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

yes i think this is excellent., faith in ourselves and believing we can ado many things. life does hurt, but our inner voice doesn't have to .


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

Jaydene, thank you so much for your beautiful comment. Yes, you are so right that life does not have to defeat us ... have a wonderful day!


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

i love your poem... it is finished... faith we need it .. our Lord.. loves us and we need him.. i am sharing

Debbie


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anglnwu 3 years ago

Great encouragement. The power of words and the power of positive reinforcement. Thanks for sharing.


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Very profound and nice work. Voted up and shared.


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

You can,You cant. A private war within oneself .It could be anything from deciding between two things.The very important thing of all this is to have strong faith in ourselves.I voted up


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

@Debbie, thank you so much for your comment, and for sharing. You have blessed me with your kind words. Blessing to you!

@Angel, I am so happy that you found this encouraging. Blessings to you!


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

@Dg, thank you so much for your kind comment and for reading. Have a wonderful night!

@James, so true! It really is such an inner war. Thanks so much for the comment. and have a wonderful evening.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

Wow. Your writing is so amazingly beautiful. This poem has really helped me with my feelings of "I can't". wow. I hope you know what a precious gift you are. I will not wait another year to stop in and say hello.

I voted this up ++ shared and tweeted. Thank you for writing and I thank God for giving you the wisdom to write it. Wishing you blessings always. :) Shalom


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

There is a spirit within us each, the Lord has placed there from our birth. It is the spirit of "I can". All we have to do is ask ourselves and this spirit will always answer.."You are the Lord's child, and you can do all that is good, in His name."Thank you for your message of hope. whonu


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

@Jo, you are so kind, and your comments made my night. Thanks so much for sharing. I wrote this poem while feeling some of these feelings, and writing the poem was a form of healing for me, and I am so glad it touched you, too. Blessings to you!


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

@Who, amen, and amen. You are so right ... thank you for the beautiful confirmation. Blessings to you, and thank you so much for the comment.


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Howie Watts 3 years ago

Beautiful! Pleased to have come across this great work today. The pain and the triumph are clearly portrayed and felt by the reader. Reminds me of one of my own poems, "I Hear A Voice...And So I Cry." You captured that struggle that we all seem to face at times, which is to be still and listen for that still small voice, the voice that calms, the voice that heals, and the voice that saves and carries us out of the darkness that tries to hold us down and deceive us. Well done. Voted up, shared and pinned :-) Look forward to reading more of your work.


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Howie Watts 3 years ago

Beautiful! Pleased to have come across this wonderful work today. The pain and the triumph of your words are captured perfectly by the reader. The message in this piece reminds me of one of my own poems "I Hear A Voice...And So I Cry." Sometimes we just need to be still and listen for that still small voice. The voice that calms, the voice that heals, the voice that comforts us and tells us we can, and the voice that saves and pulls us from the darkness that tries to suffocate and deceive us. Well done. Voted up, sharing and pinning it. Looking forward to reading more of your work.

(BTW...my apologies if this comment was repeated...my screen froze when I hit post comment the first time and when I came back the comment was gone, so I rewrote and posted it. Feel free to delete one or the other, or both (lol) if it duplicated :-)


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Whidbeywriter 3 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

This was so beautiful....I want to share it.......thank you for writing...blessings to you!


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prairieprincess 2 years ago from Canada Author

@Howie, thank you so much for your comment ... both of them! :) Your poem sounds very powerful and I look forward to reading it. I will check your profile to see if it's there.

Yes, you said it so well. That still small voice that heals us and comforts us, the voice that I believe comes from God, is so much stronger than the taunting voice that pulls into the darkness, as you say. You say it so well, that it makes me especially eager to look at your poem.

As well, I apologize for the very, very late response to your comment. I have been unable to spend much time on HP and have a very large amount of comments to catch up on, as you can imagine. Take care!


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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

Beautiful and deeply profound. Thank you for sharing this amazing piece.


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Wolfkat93 2 years ago from Canada, Windsor Ontario

wow what a powerful poem


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prairieprincess 2 years ago from Canada Author

@Whidbeywriter, thank you so much for the share and the beautiful comment. I am sorry for the late response ... I fell so far behind on comments on last year. But blessings to you...

@Dana, thank you so much for your kind words. I apologize for the late response. Take care!

@Wolfkat, thank you so much for reading. Take care ...


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Good morning Prairie-princess we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength , although there's the devil and his children who try to give us these negative vibes that we are not good enough. We cannot do it but if we put our minds to it and with the help of god WE CAN!

Have a lovely day


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Kristen Howe 12 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Sharlee, this was beautiful and profound on how you can turn things around when you're depressed. Well done with this poem in this hub!


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brakel2 11 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Prairie - Thank you for this lovely hub with words of despair and hope. It is filled with compassion and understanding. Your writing is admirable, and I plan to read more. Sharing. Blessings, Audrey

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