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A Race Against Depression ~ Poetry

Updated on March 8, 2012
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A Race Against Depression

Just when I think I've outrun you

I feel a nip at my heels and the doubt ensues.



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Evil fingers of dread grasping for me

A knee in my gut, eyes gouged, I can no longer see.



Darkness stabs at me and reaches inside

A scared little girl runs and she hides.



I don't want the tears, the anger, the sorrow

You play with my heart, my joys you borrow.



I hate that you rent space in my mind

Will it ever happen? Will I ever leave you behind?



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Go hunt for others, make them cry and punch the air

Give them sad hearts, strip their souls bare.



Sadness, you drain me and make me feel weak

The light is fading, I feel I must sleep.



Avoiding the laughter. Avoiding the sun.

Avoiding this life, depression you have won.



©LMY 3.8.2012

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      ImKarn23, it does have a way of making one feel helpless. It is very debilitating.

      Thanks for the vote and for sharing! I really appreciate it!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Wow...Powerful, terrifying description! Makes it sound almost helpless..

      I have family members who have suffered to one degree or another from depression - and i have found myself wondering if things like breathing, tai chi, yoga...etc..might help. it seems the drugs can be more dangerous than the depression! voting up and tweeting

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      xstatic, thanks so much!

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Glad it did not keep you down! This is a great illustration of the malaise that clinical depression (as opposed to a bad day) can create in a life. Very good writing!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Gypsy, it's tough sometimes, but I know I've got to keep on moving! If I ever stop, I'll be in that bed for weeks. You and the other wonderful people at HubPages make me look forward to another day! Thank you!!!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Depression should never win but sometimes we are unavoidably detained by it. Too many times I've never wanted to get out of bed but what good would that do? So I find something a song, a memory that will take it all away. Voted up and awesome.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      DFiduccia, thank you for the comment and thanks for the vote! I really appreciate it!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Michael, thank you! I always look forward to your nice comments!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      dkm27, thanks so much!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Michele, thank you!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Bill, thank you very much! You say the nicest things and you keep me motivated!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      biancaalice, thank you so much and thanks for the votes!

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      DFiduccia 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      You’ve done a great job, in this beautiful poem, of describing a common and often misunderstood disorder. Voted up.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Lisa, you are an artist. love your poem. great rhyme.

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      dkm27 5 years ago from Chicago

      Wow! You nailed it. Fabulous work.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Another wonderful poem. Love them, you have a very good talent.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I can't decide which I like more, your talents with a camera or your talents with the written word. Thanks for my Lisa fix; have a peaceful evening.

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      biancaalice 5 years ago from Southern California

      Excellent poem!

      Voted up & interesting!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      thinice13, thank you for your time and comment! I really appreciate it!

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      thinice13 5 years ago from Colorado

      thank you for this poem.