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Depression Poems

Depression Poems. Read and share great examples of poetry about depression. This list of depression poems is composed of the works of modern poets on PoetrySoup. Depression is a medical illness which causes ones to feel hopeless, helpless, and worthless. For those who suffer from discouragement and chronic sadness, writing poems about their severe disorder has helped them to cope and find comfort. Additionally, reading poetry about depression can help ones see that there is optimism for ones with this disease and that they are not alone. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples of depression poetry. 

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Premium Member A Brief Bio
" . .  clouds that far above me float and pause,
      whose pathless march no mortal can control!"
               Samuel Taylor...Read More
Categories: depression, poets,
Form: Bio

The shade is nice under the large tree, but once the shade is lost, the wanderer will die.
When the small tree can finally leave the shadow of the larger tree, it can feel the sun’s ray.
But the shadow is comfortable,...Read More
Categories: beauty, betrayal, depression,
Form: Free verse
Maybe it’s when they are born that their heart shows signs of fault.
That instead of pumping red, they pump blue into the body of steel.
Maybe when they take their first breathes, some specs of evil enter their little lungs,
Settling into...Read More
Categories: 12th grade, anxiety, bullying, depression,
Form: Blank verse
by Michael R. Burch

I did it out of pity.
I did it out of love.
I did it not to break the heart of a tender, wounded dove. 

But gods without compassion
ordained: "Frail things must break!"
Now what can I do for her...Read More
Categories: depression, destiny, fate, god, grief, sorrow, women,
Form: Verse
The Potter
No time to write a sonnet 
Tip of my tongue not rehearsed
Might be time spent useless
But that’s ok here’s the verse
In the water you set me free
How can i forget
Sins forgiven once for all
Atonement you had met
You hung dry and...Read More
Categories: appreciation, beautiful, blessing, character, christian, courage, depression,
Form: Rhyme

Sometimes I don't want to get out of bed. 
Not because I'm tired or have to go to work.
Sometimes I can't get out of bed. 
For all the reasons inside my head.
Doubt creeps in every chance it gets to
Drag me...Read More
Categories: anger, anxiety, cry, depression, hope, light, wisdom,
Form: Acrostic
Premium Member World of darkness and misery
World of darkness and misery

A world of darkness and misery, for bewildered and tortured souls
A world where howling winds, reside in vortexes of black holes
A world where hope is just a word,whispered in a soft murmur
A world where psychotic episodes,...Read More
Categories: anxiety, depression, fear, hope, mental illness,
Form: Rhyme
The Nights Are Fare Drawin In
There's a famous old Scottish saying
'the nights are fare drawin in'
this relates to the increasing darkness
where winter comes upon us in a spin

As now in the midst of January
it's bitterly cold, windy and wet
heavy coats scarfs and boots are the...Read More
Categories: depression, dark, night, winter,
Form: Rhyme
Who are you working for 
What are your choices  
Why you screaming  

Who are you representing 
Why? are you messaging   
Stop texting...   

Labor pangs
And your not having a baby
What Who are...Read More
Categories: analogy, angst, betrayal, depression, encouraging, forgiveness,
Form: Free verse
Post Truth
This is the age of - Man, I really need  a break!
This is the age, dear brother, when all the news  is fake.
The taxman just took all my cash, the dentist my last tooth,
and Santa Claus they stole...Read More
Categories: depression, imagination,
Form: Dramatic Monologue
A Perfect World
A perfect world
People singing
People playing
Having fun around the clock
Oh how I hope that was the case
For I live in disgrace

I worry
I’m troubled
My world is filled with sadness
But I have made it work
For I make every moment fun

For a perfect world...Read More
Categories: depression, 5th grade,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Dinner Tonight

Tonight, I made comfort food.
Not from stress,
Not from depression
I made what I wanted for dinner.

Wife is working
She finished the leftovers
That’s fine by me
Not what I wanted for dinner.

Yes, there were choices.
Chip beefed gravy
On fresh biscuits
Not what I wanted for...Read More
Categories: depression, food,
Form: Free verse
Pearly gates

If I’m brought before Saint Peter,
Put on display in a clear glass crate,
Nothing hidden up my sleeve,
Except a hammer, I jest to escape. 

He approaches me out of nowhere,
Ask him for a chat while we wait,
In a soft...Read More
Categories: death, depression, fate, god, integrity, judgement, truth,
Form: Rhyme
The world of business 
is riddled with traps
I tried to start
an intenent business

So good were their words
we make money 
when you make money
the promise of lies

Internet scams 
poor people trying 
to make at the expense
of someone else

of course, it was...Read More
Categories: depression, inspiration, international,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member Weeping alone
Weep not all alone
Love is a heart beat away
Share a few with me...Read More
Categories: cry, depression, heartbroken, loneliness, lonely, love, women,
Form: Senryu
Premium Member Great Escape
gone are the things that move me,
real and unreal. gone is the voice that
echoes my essence through me.
after the stuff of routine is done,
this mind moves on.

ever the smiling fool, I persist,
sanity dangling from tooth-picks.
clambering gamely from hour to hour,
a...Read More
Categories: absence, depression, health, sad,
Form: Acrostic
Lonely Hearts
Lonely Hearts
By Lola

We wasted time
For days and days
We let it flow
We waste away

We’re broken toys
With plastic hearts
We search the space
A place to start

Frozen in time
Our hands are held
We’re despatate kids
Our kingdoms fell

To crumble down
She never knew
What we had lost
I’ve fallen...Read More
Categories: absence, abuse, addiction, beauty, depression, friendship,
Form: Lyric
Premium Member Not That You Asked
Not that you asked,
or ever would feel free to inquire,
yet perhaps you grow ready to listen
to a voice inviting exit
from your,
and our,
long loneliness,
isolation so shelled-over,
so embedded,
you are sure we are each and all
unredeemably alone

In our envy of others,
the positive deviants
with...Read More
Categories: depression, environment, health, humanity, humor, inspirational love,
Form: Political Verse
A Single Dream
I am lying on the ground
Trying to tune out the sound
The sound of the screams
Oh how I hope this is a dream

Everything is blurry
I am now running
From everything that I see
The people the trees
The horror

Oh how the dream
Oh how the...Read More
Categories: depression, anxiety, betrayal, break up, confusion, cry, death,
Form: Free verse
the weight
The weight
He had written two short books
Wanted to show her, his work,
Not now she said, I’m watching telly.
Around the beam that keeps the heaven’s roof from falling down,
He slung a rope fastened to a scrap iron drum using
Himself as a...Read More
Categories: absence, abuse, age, beautiful, depression,
Form: Blank verse
Premium Member Slow Death
With ifs and buts she lived in an illusion of future

When this and when that in a prison of dishonesty

But her life happens here and now is the essence or

Else present dysfunction merely awaits one final call

14th January 2020

When and...Read More
Categories: confusion, depression,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Great Escape
Gurus religion and spiritual leaders encourage us to kindly

Reflect on meaning and soul for the sake of compassion

Existence before essence takes another stance on ethical life

As Sartre lies in his grave his message stands firm just the same

To heal confusion...Read More
Categories: courage, death, depression,
Form: Acrostic
Place Of Misery
Where were you when i needed you the most?
Where were you when I needed comfort from home?
Clearly it is not anymore
Clearly it is desolate in it's bitter groans

Both mother's have abandoned me I see
Never shall I return to them,
As they...Read More
Categories: anger, birthday, death, depression, emotions,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Lamentation

Brooding days,
     Vanquished in the unconnected gloom,
            Shower frost,
Standing watch at dawn to pierce the morning
With an artic tempest,
Swirling ‘cross a land lost in forgetfulness:
...Read More
Categories: depression, sleep, snow, sorrow, winter,
Form: Free verse
The Broken Mirror Of Time
Looking through the broken mirror of time, 
I visit times and places from the past.
To have loved never should have been a crime; 
Yet, somehow I was always thought of last.

The fragments grow smaller as time moves on, 
And seven...Read More
Categories: betrayal, break up, conflict, depression, imagery, pain,
Form: Sonnet

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