Sonia Sanchez

(1934 / Birmingham, Alabama United States)

Depression - Poem by Sonia Sanchez

I have gone into my eyes
bumping against sockets that sing
smelling the evening from under the sun
where waterless bones move
toward their rivers in incense.
a piece of light crawls up and down
then turns a corner.

as when drunken air molts in beds,
tumbling over blankets that cover sweat
nudging into sheets continuing dreams;
so i have settled in wheelbarrows
grotesque with wounds,
small and insistent as sleigh bells.

am i a voice delighting in the sand?
look how the masks rock on the winds
moving in tune to leave.
i shed my clothes.
am i a seed consumed by breasts
without the weasel's eye
or the spaniel teeth of a child?


i have cried all night
tears pouring out of my forehead
sluggish in pulse,
tears from a spinal soul
that run in silence to my birth
ayyyy! am i born? i cannot peel the flesh.
i hear the moon daring to dance these rooms.
O to become a star.
stars seek their own mercy
and sigh the quiet, like gods.

Comments about Depression by Sonia Sanchez

  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (12/26/2017 11:06:00 AM)

    tears from a spinal soul
    that run in silence to my birth

    A beautiful piece of poem. Cheer up, it's a new year ahead.
    Thanks for the poem shared.

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (12/26/2017 5:53:00 AM)

    Sometimes such feelings run through the mind and one feels lost. Very nice. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/26/2017 2:27:00 AM)

    Up and down with Life! ! Into my eyes. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (12/26/2017 1:07:00 AM)

    With the heat and with heaviness of spirit, she did notice her depression..........expressed very touchingly..........
    thanks for sharing

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Poem Edited: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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