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The Depth Of Your Despair

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Suetang
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0 posted 01-01-2003 10:49 PM       View Profile for Suetang   Email Suetang   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Suetang




You looked forward to being a mother
But your road was a difficult one
Your days turned dark and cloudy
As you struggled to find the sun

There was no book of instructions
So much was expected of you
You had to be your own teacher
No one could tell you what to do

You suffered alone in silence
So was the depth of your despair
You believed you were a failure
Far into space you would stare

You cried out in the darkness
But there was no one who could hear
You carried the weight of the world
Such a burden was your fear

All alone you fought your demons
You world was in trouble and strife
But who could possibly have known
That you would take your own life?

* * *

This was based on a true story
about a young mother who found
the pressures of motherhood too
great and suffered from post natal
depression.Despite the efforts
of her husband to get the help she
needed, she killed herself and her
two young children.

Depression is a very real illness
and unfortunately the attitude of
many is that the sufferer should
just "get over it" but it is not
that simple.We need a better
understanding and more compassion
should be shown towards those who
suffer before they take their
life into their own hands.


I am in motion
I am blue
Love is an ocean
I'm anchored in you
- Shawn Mullins

© Copyright 2003 Sue Tancheff - All Rights Reserved
Nan
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1 posted 01-01-2003 10:53 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Thank you, Sue - for your very sensitive and sensible poetic words...
SPIRIT
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2 posted 01-01-2003 10:57 PM       View Profile for SPIRIT   Email SPIRIT   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SPIRIT

A great way to get the message across and very well written. It's one to think on for sure.

My perspective of me is different,
As I look out from within,
Than that of others on the outside,
Trying to look in.     ęspirit

garysgirl
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3 posted 01-01-2003 11:09 PM       View Profile for garysgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit garysgirl's Home Page   View IP for garysgirl

Yes, Sue,
This is a very sad situation, but you told of it in a very excellent and compassionate way.

Thank you......  

"Love makes the world go around"
~~with love and hugs from Ethel~~  
                  

Diane Coway
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4 posted 01-01-2003 11:47 PM       View Profile for Diane Coway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Diane Coway

Very touching, what you have written.  My brother committed suicide at thirty-one.  You are correct in telling someone 'get over it' is not the answer.
I was living out of state and was broken hearted when I received the call.  I loved and still love, Paul, very much.
Your writing sounds like words of a very caring, and wise person.
Hugs.
jjote
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5 posted 01-02-2003 06:57 AM       View Profile for jjote   Email jjote   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jjote

Your angel image looks pensive and sad - so right with your poem. I had a very young cousin who committed suicide too (just barely in his teens) and I can still remember the tragic feelings the family went through.
NewEnglandlazurlu
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6 posted 01-02-2003 09:45 AM       View Profile for NewEnglandlazurlu   Email NewEnglandlazurlu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for NewEnglandlazurlu

Sue, such a sad tale of a situation far too common in our world. Even in this day of modern medicine, depression is rampant, especially post natal when a woman's hormones are running amuck.

There is no 'just get over it', but there is help from a doctor.

Thank you for writing about a very important subject.  Hugs, Marti
Seymour Tabin
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7 posted 01-02-2003 09:49 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Suetang
You do write very well, enjoyed.
Midnitesun
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8 posted 01-02-2003 11:42 AM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

A tender, sad, truthful write. Just get over it....she did, but not in the kindest way. I remember hearing these words as a child  "Suffer the litttle children."
I've always questionned the justice of that one line.
  
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9 posted 01-02-2003 12:35 PM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

Oh Sue, thanks for sharing...sad as is it. It's a definate problem. The folks at the hospital told my husband that he should not leave me alone with the baby for six weeks...because of that depression. I could not have imagined hurting my daughter or myself, and I thought they were crazy. But they saw signs from me and were just being careful.
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10 posted 01-02-2003 03:18 PM       View Profile for Trillium   Email Trillium   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Trillium

Sue:  Such a sensitive write and of course, this happens frequently.  Always so sad and one wonders what could have been done to change things.

Betty Lou Hebert

Felinus
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11 posted 11-20-2003 11:55 PM       View Profile for Felinus   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Felinus

I am currently recovering from a psychiatric hospitalization and constantly seek help to find will to live.   My two young sons are what keep me going but it is hard.   I'm sorry you lost your friend but you very caringly appreciate that it was not her fault.   you write beautifully  
ruskins
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12 posted 11-27-2008 12:39 AM       View Profile for ruskins   Email ruskins   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ruskins

I thought it was beautiful, though I feel no remorse for someone that would kill their own children. I don't care how depressed they are, as I myself have walked that road a few times as well(though I always turn around, haha)
EmmaRose
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13 posted 07-27-2013 08:58 PM       View Profile for EmmaRose   Email EmmaRose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for EmmaRose

wow, there are no words to express this too often, misunderstood and not spoken enough about tragedy, but I know of it; it happened in my neighborhood
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