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I wanted to thank each of you personally,but there are to many
of you so I am writing this to all who have been willing to put up
with my sad and dark poems and all the kind comments you have
made.I have been overwhelmed with friendship since I joined the soup.
I never knew there were people like all of you out there,but I have
discovered that there is.I have struggled all my life with depression,
and other mental illnesses.My outlook on life is said through
my poems.I don't know myself when I will decide I can't take the pain
anymore.It is a day to day struggle for me.HG,you asked me how could
you write a suicide poem and not die?I can't answer that question,
and Douglas Ace you asked what our friendship means to me?That I
can answer.It means more than anything to me and your kind and 
gentle words are all taken to heart.Linda Marie has also helped through
my trying times.Jeralynn Clark,and James Fraser, wrote a poem for me,
which I appreciate more than words can say.I wanted to write this to
everyone and I hope you all get everything you ask for.I can't keep
fighting the feelings that I feel about ending it all.It is a day after day
feeling and I am tired.I will watch over all of you.I just can't hold on
to the future when all I think about is the past.You all think I need
help and I agree ,but have yet to find the help that is going to change
the way I feel.Please read my poem Is There A Heaven.When I find
out you all will be the first to know.I must go now and I hope you
all can understand why.Thank you I know isn't enough but I don't know 
what else to say to show how much you all meant to me.Peace and 
Love to all of you.Pray for me.

                                                     YOUR SOUPER FRIEND,
                                                       Colleen Marie Bono

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  1. Date: 3/16/2010 10:30:00 AM

    I won't pray for you. I don't need to. I can see that great inner strength within you that you can't seem to. Suggestion: Manifest your sad feelings into demons that possess you, then one by one slay everyone of those demons with that greater strength within you. Eventually those demons will cease to haunt you. You've slayed every one of them and I'm so proud of you. Best Wishes Always Colleen. Bill

  1. Date: 1/15/2010 5:39:00 PM

    Dear Colleen, Thank-YOU for this informative POEM about YOU and YOUR Depression Please read my new POEM " Bernard James -- Burns Twice " It is the answer to our challenge Read between the lines and YOU can see my feelings on Suicide LOVE YOU ALWAYS...HG

  1. Date: 1/15/2010 4:31:00 PM

    The Soup Family hangs together through the joys and the challenges. We all have our dark days. Keep hope alive in your heart. My thoughts and prayers go with your. Congratulations on you win in Raul's contest. Enjoy your honor. Karen

  1. Date: 1/14/2010 8:12:00 AM

    Congratulations Colleen, on your success in Raul Moreno’s “Unspoken Words” contest with your poem to us. I'm glad that you were recognized for your talent. Lovingly, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 1/12/2010 5:09:00 PM

    Congratulations Colleen on your fine win here in the soup! A great one for sure in alot of ways! -Robert

  1. Date: 1/11/2010 9:12:00 AM

    my poems are dark too but for me this site has been like therapy, and i like the dark poems and i like to be a story teller, i've been through a lot and it is hard to face the past but i hope you can find some kind of peace in your life. love, joanna smith

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 10:58:00 PM

    Dearest Colleen, writing is the best thing you will ever do for yourself. It is a magical healing tool, so please continue to use it. The weight that holds us down is lifted through this wonderful art form - It will change your life for the better. This is an example right here. I will read you poem . Gob bless you sweetie. Love, lainie

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 3:13:00 PM

    Congradulations Colleen!!!!! Your heart is open, now let it bloom!!! Love Jeralynn

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 11:15:00 AM

    Thanks Colleen for your most gracious comment. Yes I think that learning some of the many form of poetry would be an awarding experience for you. And a means of an end to the trials of darkness, in wilderness of mind that you. And for that matter, many of us are going through.Smile. We all have our wildernesses of mind to wade through, searching for the true essence of reality of the true self, which is Love. Your soup friends sincerely Love you Colleen. Sincerely, Love, Moses

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 9:48:00 AM

    You have made many friends here who care about you, Colleen, and the folks you mention deserve this heartfelt tribute. We are praying for you and hope you find joy in your life! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 1/9/2010 10:56:00 AM

    Oh golly Colleen, this quite fine tribute has escaped me, i do apologise. What beautiful words you have penned for so many of the Soups wonderful poets, they will be over the moon >> James,x

  1. Date: 1/7/2010 3:29:00 PM

    Dearest Colleen,Im reading you here and my eyes are filled with tears,Just remember dear,after every mountain there is light Shining,Dont give up,I tried to send you sou[m but didnt get to you i guess,If you send me soupm i can respond,My dad suffered depression for long years and thank God with love from his Us and other help,He s smiling again,You can do it too,We are family here,You are not alone,Jesus loves you too Sweety,You re in my prayers;)love Charmaine

  1. Date: 1/7/2010 3:10:00 PM

    Praying! Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/7/2010 1:36:00 PM

    soup mail...

  1. Date: 1/7/2010 1:22:00 PM

    Soup Mail

  1. Date: 1/7/2010 1:03:00 PM

    Dear Colleen...I have just now discovered this posting, and the trial your life has been....but evidence of the love, friendship, and hope is expressed with each one of the previous comments here. I see how many people have shown their faith in you, in your future, and in your will to win this battle. So if you can't find the will to do this for yourself, do it for all the ones who care for you.You are so worthy of this love. Please, please accept it, and let it help you be strong.Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 1/5/2010 1:03:00 PM

    Thank you Colleen for the kind words and expressions. We are all right here, and plugging for you to conquer the depression in your life. Continue with the Dr. that offered you help, and keep writing the nice and beutiful things that you would like in your life. It will all come to you. Peace, Joy, Love, and above all HOPE! Love Jeralynn

  1. Date: 1/5/2010 11:07:00 AM

    Thank you so much, this is the peak moment of my day!!

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 5:12:00 PM

    Please write again Colleen. Love is your source. My Love I lend unto you. Sincerely Love, Moses

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 3:22:00 PM

    Colleen, my SM isn't working so I have to say this here. Please hold on. I don't know what your beliefs are but I don't believe taking your own life will help you end up in Heaven. The Bible doesn't say that. Life is sacred and no one has any right to end it. Will you please ask for help? Start with your local government, or even if you have a church- I'm sure you'll find some help and don't be embarrassed, anyone can be troubled as you are. ok? Peace and love, Audrey

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 10:13:00 AM

    you have soup mail. Please read. Thanks. My prayers are with you. Love, Caroline.

  1. Date: 1/3/2010 10:22:00 PM

    Colleen, I just read your letter and I wrote you a poem. I hope you have time to read it. It's entitled, Loneliness is the Enemy" My prayers are with you...Raul

  1. Date: 1/3/2010 7:12:00 PM

    Hang in there Colleen .. for u have so much to give and share with your Soup Family and friends... we all care about u more than u can know.. that is why we hurried to help u with your problems... it is not for us to say why u feel the way u do but we will support u because u are a wonderful talent on this site.. we all deal with pain and hurt differently.. prayers are the strongest connection between human beings... sending some your way tonight to help u.. blessings.. luv... Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 1/3/2010 5:44:00 PM

    I glad soup has helped you. Please keep on keeping on. I hope you have a happier new year.

  1. Date: 1/3/2010 5:30:00 PM

    I agree with Sara... Write friend. It brings you strength and peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Write something funny. Smiles and Hugs from Lolita

  1. Date: 1/3/2010 5:17:00 PM

    Write, write, and write but choose a topic different than depression, sucide, and dying. Anything that draws you away from those subject like watching children having fun playing in the park. Maybe finding an artifical leg and wondering who's it is. Sara

  1. Date: 1/3/2010 3:40:00 PM

    Think about a wonderful future for yourself, and get some help to attain it. That's what we ask for... The help is there. Ask God for it and then watch for it. He would never abandon any of His children. A lovely wonderful future. A lovely wonderful future...a lovely wonderful ...a lovely wonderful future.....

  1. Date: 1/3/2010 2:13:00 PM

    Colleen, Suicidal ideation can take a deep toll upon the human spirit. When depressed OR when not depressed, these deadly ideas can just POP RIGHT IN YOUR HEAD. (I know this to be true.) Sometimes, medicines can help. But even so, episodes may continue. Reciting the word of God or singing a hymn can sometimes rush those ideas away and bring back calming hope. Never give up. NEVER!!! God loves you. We love you. You are a child of God and you are worth it. There IS a haven on earth. Seek.

  1. Date: 1/3/2010 12:16:00 PM

    My dear Colleen..this write firghtens me. I must say i can relate to much of what your feeling..but I have found help and you can too. Its takes persistance. Please keep fighting..please. write to me, we should talk. BG

  1. Date: 1/3/2010 11:55:00 AM

    Thank you Colleen, replace every bad past thought with a thought of how you would like your future to be, over and over, every time, it takes work and courage, but I know you have the strength,everything in life is hard at first, but when you practice, you learn, and when you learn, you master! Love yourself, look after yourself, love Simone