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It’s normal to feel a dark cloud’s shadow
Rise above us every once and a while; 
And to feel as though the sun has faded
Behind a mountain we can’t seem to climb. 
To choke in the icy, blue waters of 
Sadness; struggling for gasps; struggling to grasp
A hold; to relieve of that depression. 
And somedays we wish we would just drown; 
But breathe, still, no matter to the struggle.
So we harm ourselves to satisfy needs; 
To feel a control over our own lives
And unoppressed by the world around us. 
To remind us that we can hurt ourselves;
More grievously than the world can hurt us;
More courageously than our friends hurt us; 
But with scars shallower than on our hearts.
Depression emanates real bravery; 
Where in rain an eagle soars above clouds; 
A sad survivor does so without wings. 

This is a poem I've written to remind me when I'm at my lowest 
that it's okay to be down and out; that I'm not a coward for not 
feeling "normal". I was bullied a lot throughout my school years- through all of 
them in fact- and with depression sometimes you're on top of the world and 
sometimes you just want to dig your own grave.

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