A Depression Poem – By J.E. Skye

I wanted to preface this poem with a “trigger warning,” this is a poem I wrote about suicide and depression recently, at this time I am NOT depressed or suicidal. But, this poem could trigger those feelings, so please read only if you are in a safe place. This free-verse poem was written during a poetry class in my last semester of my bachelor’s degree. It was my raw feelings when I was suicidal turned into a poem, please enjoy. I will link the other poem I posted recently.

Updated Version of my Poem: 12:15 am

My Darkest Depression

It has been a long while. I am lost in my darkest contemplations. Sinking, unable to breathe. “I’m Depressed,” there I admit it. Teetering, on the edges of the blackest of thoughts— suicide. The darkness serves as my safe and unsafe place. “I am always here for you,” says the darkness— it is far away in the distance, but I hear its cry. Fearful of this darkness I let the thoughts of the end consume, afraid of what could happen. What might happen? What will happen? This winding road is leading me to the point of no return. The darkness laughs, and it moves closer in the distance.

My thoughts seek the out the painful memories, and the thoughts missile into my consciousness. Afraid. So Afraid of losing myself. My life is a mess, a black hole of endless despair. At night I lay my head down— wanting to cry, and so I cry myself to sleep. “Yes, my friend, give in. You belong here with those who lose themselves.
Wishing. Waiting. Wanting. This will be my last day, nevermore. Awake. Alone. Again. Another day lost in the darkness, it consumes my inner soul.

God hates me for what I have become, I hate myself so much that God— he has given up on me. Let’s face it, my hope evaporated long ago, it is a wonder that no one in my life wants anything to do with this lost soul. “I am here for you—always,” the darkness tells me. Can I fight this— is there something I can do? Probably not. My life is this mess. The Chaos. I created a monster inside me.

The darkness begins to consume, first my mind— and then my body. The darkness is just outside my door, it tells me this is the right thing. “Death is just mean to an end— the end of the infinite agony,” he tells me. “Give in, your life is not worth living. Give in, it will be painless.” Thoughts devour any shred of hope. The darkness wants to win. It just might.

I find myself on edge again— a familiar place, but this time it is different. I lay out the pills tidily in front of me. Counting. Thinking. “Yes,” exclaims the darkness, “this is who you are now.” How many sleeping pills does it take to sleep forever? This becomes routine— a nightly ritual that never changes. I tell myself every night, this is the night. “You must do this now,” the darkness hovers just beside me, “this is your destiny.” A flood of my past consumes my present. There is no future.

What does life mean anymore? I continue to perish in sinking into darkness. Forever. Darkness, my best friend— and worst enemy. Depression my frequent companion, never leaving me. My darkest depression. Will I give in?

Always Keep Fighting.

What is the worse that can happen?

James Edgar Skye

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66 thoughts on “A Depression Poem – By J.E. Skye

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  3. I really enjoyed your poem. Not because it is enjoyable to see others in pain but because I can relate to almost every word, and it is somewhat comforting when someone else knows that you’re going (or went) through. My favorite section was:
    Wishing. Waiting. Wanting. This will be my last day, nevermore. Awake. Alone. Again. Another day lost in the darkness, it consumes my inner soul.

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  4. I just want to say that you’re words are very descriptive and said with much sadness, I could literally feel what you felt. I am a new fellow blogger in the same boat as you. I’m glad to hear those feelings are in the past.
    Take care,

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  6. This is a beautifully written description of an incredibly ugly feeling that most of us living with #depression know all too well. Thank you for so honestly and bravely sharing this. Hopefully, through sharing our struggles, we will find strength in each other!
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    and help support others going through the same battles!

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  7. This is amazing. I was almost in shock by the last stanza. All I could think was, “How did James get into my head and hear my thoughts?” Then I realized you didn’t. We are just two travelers who happened to go to the same place.

    During the depths of my depression I would secretly laugh when the doctors and therapists would ask me if I had thoughts of suicide. When the answer was “yes”, I would say “yes”. What else do I have to lose, right? But it wasn’t the “yes” answers that scared me. At least in that moment of saying “yes” I was absolutely sure of (read: in control of) my thoughts. The “no” answers were the scary ones. My doctors never realized my “no” answer related to ANY thought I had. I said “no” because for the life of me I couldn’t tell you what my thoughts were, and I could not predict what my future thoughts would be. After all, if I could control my thoughts and even my actions (to an extent) then I probably wouldn’t have been shuffling between doctors, therapists and pharmacies. So many times things felt like they just “happened”. I would be going along just fine and then WHAM! The sadness, loneliness, hopelessness and feelings of inadequacy would just materialize. Often I would be sobbing and not even aware that is what I was physically doing. It was like someone flipped a switch in me, and I would be completely and utterly consumed by depression. Crying is a physical event. If I couldn’t control that action, how could I, or anyone for that matter, control a suicidal action. It is well-known that we can’t just talk/think ourselves out of depression. Why is it so hard for people to realize that (for some people) suicide is just another one of those physical events that are outside of anyone’s control? “Just put down the gun”, “just put down the rope”, “just throw away the pills”, “just put down the razor”, “just get off the bridge”…if we were capable of doing that, then we’d also be able to follow advice like “just stop crying”, “just think happy thoughts”, “just snap out of it”, “just get out of bed and have fun”, “just pick up the phone and call someone”, or “just think of the people who love you”.

    I’m also happy to report I’m not in that dark place anymore. Looking back at who I was back then is like watching a biography on someone else’s life. I’m so thankful that I’m here and able to look back. So many sufferers are not.

    Keep doing what you are doing, James. You have a writer’s heart. Although this post could be a trigger for some, I’d like to believe it is more of a beacon of hope. Proof that life can (and does) get better, now matter how dark and deep the pits may seem.


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    • You’re very welcome! I’m happy to share my life’s journey with anyone who will listen. Who knows? Maybe it will help someone else. Although that is a big part of why I am an open book, it isn’t the only reason that is a little bit more selfish. I spent years perfecting a fake smile, saying “I’m fine” when I wasn’t, and basically just stuffing things down until there wasn’t any more room to stuff. You know, the standard “I’m not depressed” mantra people with depression seem to chant at the beginning of the end. I learned the hard way that method wasn’t exactly conducive to my mental health. Saying it, writing it, taking pictures of it helps me to keep the true reality of me and of life front and center. It keeps me accountable, I guess you could say.


  8. Depression (mental illnesses in general) is a universal language, unfortunately. Yours is a deep and well-written poem and I respect that you’re brave enough to share it before all to see. I tend to be more vague about it. I’m glad that you’re feeling better now. I agree with the other folks, it’s an amazing thing you’ve got going here. Thank you so much for your kindness, James.

    And hey, if you need an ear, drop on by the Underground 😉

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  9. Growing up under a roof where depression and bi-polar were the norm, I understand the words are speaking. I never knew this was a condition or mental disorder until I moved out and started my adult life. I then realized not all people live this way or understand the rollercoaster ride it takes you on. Thank you for being so open and honest with your thoughts. Others need to know they are not alone.

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  10. I am so intrigued by your poem. I know of depression well and you hit it right on the nail when u revealed the voice of darkness saying “I am always here for you.”

    You are an amazing writer!

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  11. This has never been my feeling (suicide…oops..yes…once, but got the mental health I needed right away…at the time. I had three children to think about.) , but I know people who are bi-polar and have known others who have succumb to suicide. I would love to be a beacon of hope and understand people’s stories who suffer these dark thoughts coming only from darkness. Light can not create darkness. Without becoming too analytical and I am no expert, I do hope you are doing well James. Know this truth, that God does love you and has a plan for your life even on days you think he doesn’t. He is always true and always light in any dark place you may find yourself.

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  12. This was beautifully written, James! Every word resonated.
    “My thoughts seek the out the painful memories, and the thoughts missile into my consciousness.”
    “Yes, my friend, give in.”
    “Thoughts devour any shred of hope. The darkness wants to win.”
    “A flood of my past consumes my present. There is no future.”

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