National Poetry Month 3: What Purpose? (poem)

Back in January when I started this blog I wanted to use it as a platform to raise awareness of mental illness and to promote a greater understanding in society.  I was completely unaware at the time of how many blogs were already out there doing the exact same thing.

I am in no way an expert in the field, but I’m an expert on my own experience of mental illness.  I can see how understanding it can be difficult because there are times when I don’t understand it myself.

  • Whether it’s caused by a imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain, or whether the imbalance is caused by depression.
  • Whether there’s a genetic disposition, or if environment plays a bigger role.

It actually doesn’t matter why I’m pre-disposed to depression, the important thing is being able to manage the symptoms and have a good quality of life.

Take your meds, attend therapy, minimise stress, be kind to yourself and keep working your recovery.

The theme for today’s poem is depression.

What Purpose?

your lies are the reason I stay in bed
trapped within a heavy blanket of misery
for nothing means anything
flat on my back I stare at the ceiling
unaware of the shadow’s progress
as time moves on
no movement within these sheets
nor noise within this room
no ticking clock
just the silence of those without hope
what purpose in my breath
and my beating heart
as tears slide from my eyes onto the pillow
nothing means anything
except this
this darkness within
smothering life
painting the world black

copyright © 2018 Karen Horsley

#nationalpoetryday #octpowrimo



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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

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