Down and out;

so depressed and alone...

Can't get up;

I'm so low,

the floor is above my head...

Don't know why nor how;

it comes about; but

the door to my soul is closed...

Why is the blues my state of mind;

its a ghost of habit,

hard to control...

No lock can keep it out;

it roams the heart of the weary traveler,

it makes itself at home in every selfish soul...

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loua 6 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet Author

Paradise7, You make me feel better by reading my work, thank you dear lady... You are so right about that I need to party; but I get in trouble every time I try let go of my load... It's a recipe I have tried a couple of times and not got the right mix...

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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

I really wish I could help you feel better. That sad little animal pic got to me, too.

There is a relationship between being depressed and being maybe just a little bit too self-absorbed. It's good to get out and about, interact with some good, cheerful folk at your neighborhood pub or something, maybe.

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loua 6 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet Author

The Old Firm, thanks for the visit dude and the concern... It was meant to be a depiction of that state of mind to show the relationship of selfishness to sadness; I guess I found the relative spot...

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The Old Firm 6 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

To cut to the chase, hang in there buddy.



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loua 6 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet Author

itakins, welcome again, happy to hear from you... thank you ever so much for the visit and kind words...


Mental Ink, thanks for the patronage I welcome your visits, I concur with what you express; but sadness is a willing of depression as selfishness sows sadness... It's a thought to ponder that leads to the source of the three; fore selfishness is a desire of exclusion's (greed); as depression is the emotional state of the inadvertently willed sadness ... As you say, when we choose to let go of negative desire we balance the equation...


Moulik Mistry, Welcome back friend; and thank you for the kind words and encouragement...


Faybe Bay , Good to have you visit again, thanks for the observation and the encouragement.... Yes, sadness is part of the spectrum of thought; but it is not a dwelling spot, a respite or a point of origin or departure it is a reference on a scale of balance that indicates the willingness to choose selfish behavior...

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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida

Sometimes sadness is a beginning, a movement within us. If we wait, and listen to the sadness, it can move us to say no, no more. I am better than that. (Then I write some more.) Thank you for digging it out of the cellar and putting it up in this light.

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Moulik Mistry 6 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

Very deeply poised, very well done, loua...

Mental Ink 6 years ago

Sadnesss is an under appreciated emotion. I am fortunate not to suffer from sadness or depression very often, but I respect the feeling and empathize with those who deal with its powerful effect regularly.

If one is truly despressed, they should seek help but sometimes we also need to allow ourselves to feel the sadness in our lives. If we don't, we become hardened, cold and emotionless.

I hate when someone tells someone else "to get over it." I do agree, don't wallow in it; don't seek pity. But feel the emotion, let it work its way out. When it's run it course, then you can move onward and upward and prepare to feel the flipside (happiness, relief, release).

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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

It's a very sad poem......but a wonderful use of language,

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loua 6 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet Author

Colin, good to hear from you again; and I thank you for such a fine poem, its a keeper... We're on the same sheet of music I believe... The perspectives of reality are obscured when viewed from the physical realm; only from a metaphysical or spiritual perspective does reality make logical sense, simply that it is not physically sourced...

The soul being a spiritual pilot unlike the sense of the mind or body that have no comprehension of such matters; but the soul will calm them when we seek its intervention...

I suffer the same ill fate of bad spelling, I grin and bear it; I work with what I can do...

To venture into despair is a mistaken turn in the fork of the road...The wanton lane of loneliness beckons every traveler that hits a rough spot in the road only the self indulgent follow further than need be to discover the ill fate of this journey path... To reflex on the sadness their as empathy is quite another matter of concern and love for those who foolishly venture the course...

Colin T Mercer 6 years ago

Excuse my spelling it is terrible for a writer i know but I hope you get me drift.

Colin T Mercer 6 years ago

Hi Loua, As an Irish poet and writer I have written anumber of pieces and included some "sad" works in my book and other publication.

As you know personally my view on live and my condition with seeing colour in sound and word association I am able to conect thoughts and feelings. For me sadness can create my best work. It isnt that I enjoy being sad but it is similiar to the saying in the bible In my greatest weakness I do my greatest works for God. So for that reason sadness is just another state of human reality that has its puposes.

I have decided to write for you a sad poem or rather a poem tthat is born from dispair.. I am also asking anyone who reads this to visit my site and then click "The Hub" and read my poem that I wrote for my partners sick mother in Germany. She has had to go through alot and it makes my sadness rather selfish in comparison. This poem is called "My Way and will be included in my next book. It is also my first piece of work that has been translated in to anoth language while keeping the natural word rythem. I was able to do this because my partner translated it and i used the colours to keep the rythem as i cannot speak german.

Enjoy it

Regards Colin T Mercer

Arthor of "For Irish Eyese"

P.S. Nice hub you paint a nice picture.

This is the Sad poem I will call

"I wait"

I lay in wait of providence

To lift me from this bed of sleep

Yet not sleep but that of lethargy

And pain of hopeless dreams

My will is all but gone

Its flame like a single candle

In the darkest night and that

In the emptiness of space

On the dark side of the moon

My world is not a world

It is a circumstance of illness

A reality of negative thought

Their advice to me is folly

My eyes can see only shadows

Yet sometimes for a moment

Like ripples from a single stone

Dropped into the stillness of a mill pond

A hope will caress my soul

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loua 6 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet Author

Larry, first off thanks for the visit and comments...

From my perspective all of human action is fair game, its the quality of the action that I am referring to...

You see, selfish intent is a quality of existence that needs balance; the reason being selfishness a negative attribute is in need of balance, because it negatively impacts everyone else...

Rather than being sad do what will make you feel better; if someone makes you sad you are not looking for the a positive response that rights the wrong...

Now as to sadness for sadness sake like art for art sake is selfish; one only needs to forget ones self and empathy will fill the void like all the artisans you mentioned that have crafted understanding from it...

You have provided a list of people who channeled sadness to produce products of understanding to demonstrate the facets of emotion and their impacts... They attempted to dissipate their sadness in their expressions as they could; and they would readily acknowledge what I have stated.

Simply put: depression is a repetition of a selfish-routine sadness-habit, a habit which wills depression's sadness ...

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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

loua...Nice piece of prose..expressed well with " the floor is above my head...the door to my soul is closed " and white visuals of a deep sadness...

I do not see sadness as an " Achilles heel " in human nature...rather, I see sadness as a genesis for extraordinarily expressive creativity...The sadness of the great Irish and English poets, Keats, Byron, Donne, Milton, is reflected in their questioning poetry about love, life, and circumstance...The genius of Russian writers, Dostoevsky, Pushkin, and Tolstoy, is rooted in their perceptive sadness at man's inhumanity to man...

No, sadness is not a weakness in man's nature, rather a source of inspiration and creativity...Larry

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loua 6 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet Author

dotty1, why, hello to you as well... glad to be of assistance in any creative capacity,

Come back and visit again!)


Timely, I am pleased you liked it; sadness is a vein in the human psyche that suffers the most trauma from life's experiences without purpose;its an Achilles heel in human nature of intent...

Stay connected;)

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Timely 6 years ago from United States

Wonderful poem, so true, I'm sure a few of the lonely realize why they are in the state, but for some they have been so far removed they cannot see the end of the tunnel for the curve.

Glad we connected:)

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dotty1 6 years ago from In my world

hello, so glad to have come across your fantastic work ... you have inspired me thank you !!! x

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loua 6 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet Author

Putz Ballard, Thanks ever so much for the comparison, I'm rather shocked, never thought it was that good... Visit more often I can use the encouragement...

I found you on tweeter and going to check out your stuff on utube... Later..


msorensson, How you doing this fine day... I'm fine, still expressing the forms of human emotion... Thanks for caring though...

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msorensson 6 years ago

Oh, I hope it is just a poem, loua. Lovely for a poem but I hope you wrote it a while back and you are not feeling this right now.

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Your writing reminds me of that of Carl Sandburg, a lot of feeing well expressed.

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