John Carter Brown


Depression - Poem by John Carter Brown

My liking for life has been stolen,
A thief came and took it away;
A visitor bent on destruction,
A burglar from hell, you might say.

I see via dark tunnel vision,
With the edges so dim and opaque;
My senses have been all but flattened,
My sanity now is at stake.

I see nothing good in the present,
My past is a far nicer place;
Of the future I may have been due to,
I see not a feasible trace.

The burden of living is heavy,
So heavy, and hauling me down;
A quagmire of dark contradictions,
Swamping my smile with a frown.

I decide to be done with this torment,
And make the decision alone;
I threaten the thief with eviction,
In the midst of my mind-battle-zone.

Almost robbed of all mental possessions,
I still know what's wrong and what's right;
The deceiver, in all of his glory,
I'll fight and I'll fight and I'll fight.

With the sword of the truth I then stick him,
With the shield of my reason, deflect
All his arrows of poisonous lying,
His falsehood and fear, I reject.

Now my liking for life is returning,
The enemy forced to retreat;
The hope in my heart, reappearing,
The thief? he lies dead at my feet.

Written June 1995


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Strangely, I quite enjoyed writing this poem.

Comments about Depression by John Carter Brown

  • (12/18/2015 7:11:00 PM)


    Sums up what I've experienced perfectly. A good effort & great read. Deep but not depressing! :) (Report) Reply

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  • Joe Hughes (11/25/2015 11:12:00 AM)


    Wonderful poetic treatment of depression without the Imipramine?
    Love the last line John.
    Great.
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  • Bri Edwards (2/8/2015 3:00:00 PM)


    ya know, my MyPoemList is getting crowded after a few years here on PH, but i guess i can squeeze this one in. :)

    i wonder if i will ever take the time to look at them again.
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  • Bri Edwards (2/8/2015 2:58:00 PM)


    Of the future I may have been due to, ............let me know if it bothers you to have me question the need/use of to here. and are YOU depressed in 1995 or now? i wonder. of course i have NOT read the ending yet, and i just noticed some mention of a happy ending in another comment. there is hope!

    mind-battle-zone. .........nice description!

    Death to Depression! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! right on! nice rhyming, flow, and content. drugs can work also i've been told, but caution is advised! bri :)
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  • (1/20/2015 7:02:00 PM)


    A great write John and I can certainly relate to it. (Report) Reply

  • Ozark Mountain Homegrown (8/25/2013 3:06:00 PM)


    Who doesn't love a happy ending! Very nicely written and great expression of depression :) (Report) Reply

  • Cherry Kell (10/13/2012 6:28:00 AM)


    Truly amazing stuff! Thank you so much! (Report) Reply

  • (9/15/2012 8:58:00 AM)


    I love every line, and am so relieved to see that he could be conquered. (Report) Reply

  • Greg Davidson (9/4/2012 6:59:00 PM)


    Yes, I see we have that burden in common. Yes my Black Dog does address much the same issue. I feel a number of my poems have been affected by it. You have expressed it here so well as well as the redemption.

    I hope I can find the joy you express in many of your other works.
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  • (8/29/2012 11:49:00 AM)


    Good subject and good outcome in this very frank poem of yours. I'm sure lots of people can relate to it and I know I certainly can. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (8/17/2012 10:01:00 AM)


    So pleased you have now recovered - well expressed in your poem, a great write. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 17, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, August 17, 2012


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