Jasbir Chatterjee

(4 March 1966 / Delhi)

Depression


Depression,
A 10-letter word,
Easy to utter,
Slithers, oh so easily, down the throat,
An extremely deadly and a wily character…
Like a heady cocktail,
It numbs your senses,
While it devours you inside…
Fooling you with a feeling
That the stupor would go soon,
and take the problems away…

Oh, Jiah, if only you knew…
If only you had resisted somehow,
Just let God handle things,
And not succumbed the way you did….

Depression,
A 10-letter word,
Easy to utter,
Crouches, slowly, slowly, into our lives sometimes,
An extremely deadly and a wily character…
Like a dense fog,
It settles down quietly and envelops you in its cool embrace
While it blinds your vision,
Fooling you with a notion
That its shell would protect you,
Keep the problems out…

Oh, Jiah, if only you knew…
If only you had resisted somehow
Just let God handle things,
And not succumbed the way you did…

Submitted: Sunday, June 23, 2013
Edited: Saturday, September 14, 2013

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This poem is based on the Bollywood actress Jiah Khan's tragic suicide on 3 June 2013

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  • V P Mahur (3/13/2014 4:03:00 AM)

    Dear Sir,
    Nice one to read. Depression in love is the most biting feel of all.

    I invite you to read my poems and present your views on them.

    You can try this one:

    186. Moral Crime
    What you did with my heart
    Only used it for a flirt
    I thought
    You will feel my feelings
    Of sincere love
    And will be with me
    Even in the deserted time
    But you proved to be
    .......................
    ......................
    Thanks! (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (2/18/2014 4:00:00 AM)

    Strong and gripping write, straightforward and relevant. I can relate to this as my own brother died alleged of suicide (but police suspect murder) and it took years for us to recover emotionally from the trauma. The battle is actually in the brain and the best way to fight this disorder is not with drugs, but with supportive friends and family, and the therapy of work. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (10/28/2013 1:14:00 AM)

    Never succumb to depression. Somehow we should keep this villain at arms length! Meditating on God's love, associating more with fellow beings, reading good books, seeking expert help etc are some ways to resist the onslaught of depression's heinous attack! It is unfortunate that a flourishing talent succumbed to depression! Poignantly pictured, Jasbir! (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (10/8/2013 2:44:00 PM)

    This word has killed so many and waiting to kill more. A beautiful way to express your feelings. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Vivek Singh (9/20/2013 9:19:00 AM)

    Very nice poem on a sensitive subject. I enjoyed it. Please continue to keep writing. Thanks! (Report) Reply

  • Rohit Sapra (9/9/2013 11:48:00 AM)

    This poem is really so touching. Losing Jiah Khan is a great loss for Bollywood industry as well as all her fans. Even I liked the films in which she acted. She was a really good actress, I must say.
    Depression is a truly painful feeling and the biggest problem is that ending one's own life at times seems to be the only option if it is really severe. (Report) Reply

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