Best Depression Poems

When you think about depression poems, you may think about poems that will make you even more depressed... But not these ones!!! These poems will inspire you and give you a lot of strength.

Remember always that circumstances outside ourselves cannot determine our pain. It seems like it at first sight, but when you investigate it more deeply, you realize that the only ones causing the pain are our thoughts about the situation.

Here are my favorite depression poems:

Don't Give Up

By Mario Benedetti

Don't give up, you still have time
to reach up and start anew,
Accept your shadows,
Bury your fears,
Free your burdens,
Fly again.

Don't give up, that's what life is
Continue the journey,
Follow your dreams,
Unstuck time,
Move the rubble,
And uncover the sky.

Don't give up, please don't give way,
Even if the cold burns,
Even if fear bites,
Even if the sun sets,
And the wind goes silent,
There is still fire in your soul
There is still life in your dreams.

Because life is yours and yours is the desire
Because you have loved it and because I love you
Because wine exists and love is true.
Because there are no wounds that time doesn't cure.

To open the doors,
Take away the locks,
Abandon the walls that have protected you,
To live life and accept the challenge
Get back laughter,
Practice a song,
Lower the guard and extend the hands
Open the wings
And try again,
Celebrate life and take back the skies.

Don't give up, please don't give way,
Even if the cold burns,
Even if fear bites,
Even if the sun sets,
And the wind goes silent,
There is still fire in your soul
There is still life in your dreams.

Because every day is a new beginning,
Because this is the hour and the best moment.
Because you are not alone, because I love you.

Excerpts From Letters to a Young Poet

By Rainer Maria Rilke

How could be forget those ancient myths that stand at the beginning of all races,
the myths about dragons that at the last moment are transformed into princesses.
Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are only princesses waiting for us to act,
just once, with beauty and courage.
Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence,
something helpless that wants our love.
So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises before you larger than any you’ve ever seen,
if an anxiety like light and cloud shadows moves over your hands and everything that you do.
You must realize that something has happened to you;
that life has not forgotten you;
it holds you in its hands and will not let you fall.
Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries or any depressions?
For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you.

Love After Love

By Derek Walcott

The time will come
When, with elation,
You will greet yourself arriving
At your own door, in your own mirror,
And each will smile at the other’s welcome

And say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who has yourself.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you have ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

The photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Becoming My Own Best Friend

I hope you enjoyed these depression poems. I personally find this last poem very beautiful... How wonderful is the moment we decide to reconcile with ourselves and embrace exactly who we are. Without false ideas of what we "should be"; we are perfect just as we are.

Maybe today you are suffering but I can assure you that sometime in the future you will realize that at some level it was worthwhile to go through these circumstances, because without even knowing it you may be going through positive and healing changes inside.

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