Battles Within

Written for:  Go Dog Go Cafe - Quatern  (posted by Donna Matthews)

This poem has 16 lines broken up into 4 quatrains (or 4-line stanzas).
Each line is comprised of eight syllables.
The first line is the refrain. In the second stanza, the refrain appears in the second line; in the third stanza, the third line; in the fourth stanza, the fourth (and final) line.

Battling depression each day.
Try not to fall off the mountain,
though at times my balance teeters.
No one to fight except myself.

Dawn appears with familiar fears.
Battling depression each day,
with hope for a break-through today.
A white meditation ball

that illuminates my body,
chasing charcoal shadows so dark.
Battling depression each day.
Music, writing, family and friends

helps to dilute the gray.  When
out, I wish to spread my stiff wings
like a bird–no destination.
When curtains part, I long to stop
battling depression each day.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Battles Within

  1. Beautiful work. I love the refrain…the repetition of the word depression is so like the experience, seemingly going on and on and on. Well done 🙌🏻


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