Jasbir Chatterjee

Gold Star - 10,492 Points (4 March 1966 / Delhi)

Depression - Poem by Jasbir Chatterjee

A 10-letter word,
Easy to utter,
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Topic(s) of this poem: sorrow

Form: Free Verse

Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem is based on the Bollywood actress Jiah Khan's tragic suicide on 3 June 2013. Its Hindi Translation, अवसाद, is available on Rajnish Manga's webpage on this site (Poemhunter) .

Comments about Depression by Jasbir Chatterjee

  • Rebecca Navarre (9/29/2017 8:08:00 PM)

    A Very Sad Heart Felt Touching Poem! ! ! ! !
    Touches/Reaches Deep! ! ! ! ! Thank You Ever
    So Much For Sharing This! ! ! ! ! Ever So Many 10S! ! ! ! ! +++++
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  • Robert Murray Smith (9/4/2017 6:41:00 AM)

    I found this poem to be quite profound and insightful. 10

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  • Tom Allport (7/12/2017 3:08:00 AM)

    a poem that perfectly describes a very debilitating illness that silently eats away at one's life core? ...........well written. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/11/2016 5:04:00 AM)

    It numbs your senses! Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

  • Kishore Kumar Das (4/6/2016 4:57:00 AM)

    depression is a silent killer....a poet can kill the killer with positive thoughts...your attempt is praiseworthy.. (Report) Reply

  • Wes Vogler (1/6/2016 9:05:00 AM)

    I know nothing of depression. Lucky me. I suspect I have had touches but have found the art of the limerick which leaves no time for it. Just found haiku and senryu which allows revival of memories for an 85 year old.
    kudos to Rajnish for his translation
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  • Rajnish Manga (12/20/2015 9:40:00 PM)

    So many thoughtful comments containing readers' views on the subject as well as suggestions about how to keep the menace of depression at bay have come up. All credits to Jasbir ji for coming up with such an amazing and thought provoking poem arising out of a tragic end of a promising life which was much more than a newspaper headline. I would like to quote:
    Depression / A 10-letter word / Easy to utter Fooling you with a notion That its shell would / protect you / Keep the problems out… / Crouches, slowly, slowly, into our lives sometimes,
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    Jasbir Chatterjee Jasbir Chatterjee (12/21/2015 5:42:00 AM)

    Thank you, Rajnishji, for translating this poem in Hindi and taking it to a wider audience.

  • (5/8/2015 8:58:00 AM)

    This poem has made my list. A powerful reminder of how Depression and sorrow are linked. Jiah is not alone. (Report) Reply

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/23/2015 12:42:00 AM)

    An inspiring poem indeed.If my father had read this poem, it would have helped him indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (10/25/2014 1:13:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem on depression. Those who pass through the state will know how painful it is. It blinds the vision. One will find no way left even to survive. It's traps all your thoughts, directly leading to death. if such a person is surrendered by loved ones can really be helpful to come out of situation. Proper medication can really help one to come out of depression. I too loved Jiah Khans movies. It was really a shocking new to read.
    Loved the way you presented this poem. Thanks for sharing with us.
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  • Ramesh Rai (9/7/2014 3:43:00 AM)

    Depression is more painful than any disease.In my opinion only poetry can save a person suffering from depression. (Report) Reply

  • Akhtar Jawad (5/21/2014 11:43:00 AM)

    A beautiful expression in a nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • 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
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  • 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

  • (10/19/2013 3:29:00 AM)

    but watch out for being over medicated or even allergic to the food the serpents (psycho's) dish out. (Report) Reply

  • (10/19/2013 3:28:00 AM)

    but watch out for being over medicated or even allergic to the food the serpents (psycho's) dish out. (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

  • (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

  • C. P. Sharma (7/1/2013 12:18:00 AM)

    'Just let God handle things'and get rid of all disappointment and depression. (Report) Reply

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