Tired. A poem.

I’m tired.

And my drifting aimless gaze
settles on a distant mist-like haze
that wells up continuously inside,
like savage, misplaced pride,
and makes me drop like a stone
into waters unknown.
Lost on cruel tides that wend
the capitulating ocean to its end.

So tired.

If only sleep could solve this quandary,
instead of leaving me on the periphery
of a world that spins aimlessly,
through head space and trickery,
and leaves me wanting nothing less.
And nothing more.

Just tired.

Time to leave this place.

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Published by stevestillstanding

I’m a writer who loves tabletop role playing games, poetry and (you guessed it) writing. Occasionally I have something to say...

65 thoughts on “Tired. A poem.

    1. Thanks for your concern. I suffer from long term depression, and have good days and bad days. If you’ve read any of my posts about my illness, you’ll know I attempted suicide a few years ago, but made a commitment to my son never to try again. I still think about it. But I’ll never take that step backwards again. Only forward, from now on. 🙂

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      1. Ok. I empathise with you Steve. I haven’t read all of your posts yet about your depression yet but I will. I have also suffered from depression in the past and work as a counsellor to help people with their depression today. When I read your poem It raised flags so I am glad to hear you are still here and that you have found a way to keep fighting. Writing seems to help alot with depression and I think you are doing great things by expelling those demons by writing. My children gave me a powerful reason to overcome my depression also. Please feel free to contact me anytime. You are most welcome for the concern. 😊

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      2. Thanks so much, your support is appreciated. Writing is my catharsis, one of the reasons I started this blog. My son means everything to me, I will not impose a life sentence on him because of my own selfishness. 🙂

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      3. Anytime.😊 Yes it is very cathartic and you are also helping many others by expressing it to not feel alone and you are connecting with others. You are a gift to your son as he is to you. 😊

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      4. You are very brave Steve. You are “still standing”. Please hang in there. You are most welcome for the concern. As a counsellor and a Dad, our kids can help us get through dark times by giving us another reason to live. Getting counselling has helped me out of the darkness many times also. I know you don’t know me but I am here, as a counsellor, a friend and just another human being caring about another human being. I will listen in any capacity.

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  1. Hmm, these things are both lovely and horrible to read.
    You’re a great writer, very vulnerable and open, your work is lovely, but it sucks to see the suffering you have to go through. Hope it’ll get better eventually!

    I do really admire your consistent writing! How do you find the inspiration to write every day? 😀 I sometimes go long periodes without writing, and then suddenly can’t stop, haha.

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    1. Hi Allie, thanks so much!
      My inspiration comes directly from the Big Guy upstairs, I’m sure. Also, I tend to have so much (crap) going on in my life that I never run out of things to write about lol. I’ve never really had writer’s block (okay, once, but that was a long time ago), because the ideas seem to constantly flow. I always have a backlog of material as I usually write a few poems at a time.
      Sometimes, it’s a mystery. Sometimes, it’s not.
      My answer’s a bit crap but it’s hard to explain. 🙂

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  2. Hey I really like your blog and I fell like all of us are in this together. Stay strong and don’t give up. Lot’s of hugs and love 🙂

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  3. Whoever can put their heart into their writings is a hero in my eyes. Perhaps you mentally reached the bottom,but your heart will never give up. Lots of love!

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  4. Man you are great… Its rare that you come across poems with such consistent rhyme scheme. Loved the presentation… And things will get better… prayers to you… good luck…

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  5. You deliver poems with such an artistic prowess and flare you make writing look so easy. I admire your originality and empathize with you. I do hope writing helps you let out whatever it is that makes you depressed. Nice post Steve!

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    1. Thank you so much. My writing is an emotional release—I find it therapeutic and cathartic. Poems seem to come easily to me. My brain is constantly generating new content, for which I am forever thankful. I think if I didn’t suffer from depression it might not be that way, so that’s one good thing about it lol 🙂


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