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Abyss
by Sue Hess

Wednesday, November 10, 2004
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They call this depression?
Such a shallow word for something so deep
Depressions are something you sink into
And drive out of on the way to work
Potholes are depressions
Those little indentations that shopping carts
Unattended, leave on your paint job
Those are depressions
What I experience are black holes
Huge engulfing pits of gloom
Too deep to traverse
So I settle in
And ride out the abyss
Sleeping endless hours
Or sit staring at a blank tv
Wishing it were on but too lethargic
To reach the remote
Holes that leave entire gaps in my life
Others move on and continue with their days
While I stop and stand still
If I donít move backwards
Depression?
No, that is not the word for this hole
This deep, dark bottomless
Pit of my existence

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Reviewed by Sue Hess 11/11/2004
thank you all for your expressions of concern...i am not actually in a depression right now, just skirting the edges. in full mode i don't write much, i read others work and feel inadequate but can never seem to put two words together. depression is a part of my life that i have learned to live with but never to totally conquer but the periods have grown farther apart and are of lesser degree than they were before authorsden. sometimes just having an interest that pulls one out of oneself is enough to fight off the demons.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 11/11/2004
Many of us have visited the pit, I'm so sorry Sue and I hope your visit will be a short one. Go outside and look at the beauty of the day, I know you don't feel like it but force yourself to do something postitive to break the hold of depression, even if just a little. Sending you a hug.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 11/11/2004
Wonderfully-expressed, Sue. I'm so happy to read you again.

Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Lori Moore 11/10/2004
I understand your pit. Great expression.
Reviewed by jude forese 11/10/2004
you have explored depression with very powerful images and emotions ... sometimes, all we can do is to fight against being sucked up into that black hole or to seek help from outside its grasp before it overwhelms us ...
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 11/10/2004
Sue, I know this abyss and I share your sentiments on the absolute inadequacy of the word "depression." True (clinical) depression is vastly misunderstood. Dawn
Reviewed by E T Waldron 11/10/2004
Sue, you describe it perfectly! As terrible as the abyss is, I often wonder what causes the turn around. I'd love to bottle just what it is for someone that makes them come back out of the coma like existence to take up their normal routine. With me it was God, and I've never been there since that was about 15 years ago.Keep writing this is a fantastic piece!
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 11/10/2004
Yikes, this is super sad Sue. Point your feet in the direction of happiness and walk away from this abyss.

Don't stop walking
HH
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 11/10/2004
(((sue)))

"they call this depression?
such a shallow word for something so deep..."

GAD what an intro...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this write. and that ending,

"...depression?
no, that is not the word for this hole
this deep, dark bottomless
pit of my existance"

YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!! you've captured it fully and brilliantly! i applaud you for the courage in posting this one. POWERPACKED SMACK BETWEEN THE EYES FOR THOSE NOT IN THE KNOW

and i know this abyss personally--move over, i'm joining you

(((HUGS))) and love, and hope you find the way out soon, karla. :(
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