On Depression

Darshan Joshi darshanjoshi.com

Darshan Joshi   darshanjoshi.com

I cannot explain
to you this restlessness
This turbulence in my soul
as if a skiff gone adrift at open sea
I crest with every swell then
free`fall into the chasm
diving mind`first

into the darkness
where mermaids pierce
my firm beliefs with doubts
not with violent malice mind you
but with poisonous potions
I die a thousand deaths
rising to die again

I try to explain it
but I cannot find words
merely wild images Where
you think I’m speaking poetically
you praise my imagination
deaf to my sore distress
rising but to fall

“The original wish to write is the wish to make oneself felt,
a sign, I suppose, of life’s decreasing livableness as life.” ~ Elizabeth Bowen


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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4 Responses to On Depression

  1. one for you: THIS IS MY MARK

    Men seeking place in shifting sands and sky,
    writing I was here on walls of dust,
    as heedless years roll by.

    Like footprints on a lonely beach,
    washed clean by surging tide.
    Hollow whistling down the dark,
    graffiti against the stark
    expectation of oblivion.

    Heroes all, we hold the gate,
    drive back the towering
    giants of our uncertain fate,
    and keep the faith,
    until we can perceive
    the light beyond the darkness,
    and believe.

    Liked by 1 person

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