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Jack-0-Lantern (a poem about depression)

It's like someone scooped me all out

and ate all of the good parts.

But this erratic heartbeat greets me day and night

and it reminds me I'm alive

even if there are no lights on inside.


I know it gets better.

I can recall sunnier weather

when all the bad things hide out of sight.

I just can't reach it right now.

And I remember what it is to love

but I'm a drowning girl

with a hand shoving me down, down, down.


I'm all hollow like a jack-0-lantern.

My smiles are just as fake.

But someone put their light inside of me

and gradually I'm not just alive

I'm living once more.

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