• Ocean Waves
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    Silence escapes my lips.The cold, unfeeling airfrom the world stealingevery bit of breathfrom me. I struggle againstthe waves of sorrow, prayingfor relief andsalvation. The will to survivebeing the onlyreason to liveagainst the raging waves. With no oneto turn to Ihave to keepswimming withall my strength. Silence escapes my lips.The shore now just ahead,past the suffocating ...
  • Rakhi celebration in Hamilton
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    The visit to Ottawa ended. Nothing had been resolved. It was clear Sudhir needed to continue under supervised care, and he was sick of it. As he put it, I am wasting here. Returning to the airport, I stopped to say goodbye. I walked upstairs to check out his room. We uttered words of getting ...
  • Sudhir on his Rajdoot mobike i965
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    In the hushed, soft-lit room, Sudhir lies in a pine coffin draped with a white cloth. Munna, my younger sister, and I arrange white gladiolas on either end with peace lilies along the length. Deep red roses lie in the middle. Mummy enters with Juji (my youngest sister). The priest prepares the thali for the ...
  • an evergreen Christmas tree with icicles hanging from the branches during the winter, snow in tilt shift lens green plant
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    D on’t think that I don’t know E very day, what you can’t tell me, because you C an’t find the words, the will, or E nergy to say them, but M y heart understands, and  B ears the snow like an E vergreen—beautiful, this month, and R emember I love you, too.
  • hands holding stone
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    A freeform poem about my experience with depression.
  • Heartbroken woman
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    I don’t know what to tell youas your tearful eyes,full of hurt and spite,claw deep into my heart. “You’re not the same!”you exclaim,as you turn your backleaving me in the cold. How could I not be the same?did I transform intosome unrecognized monster,without trace of your best friend? I’m a young kindred spiritwho is as ...
  • person sitting on a dock with head down
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    Content Warning: Self-Harm, Suicidal Ideation “Mom, just take me. I’m begging you. I’m not stable.” Words no mother dreams of hearing from their sixteen-year-old child. No amount of planning prepares you to react to this type of request. My teen begged for help, and my world stood still. What happened next? I found strength that ...
  • Gene & Millie at the White Swan
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    Mildred is enjoying her newfound freedom after her divorce from Ray. She hits the dating scene and immediately falls in love again. The tall, handsome Gene Gephardt is amiable and ambitious. He dreams of building an upscale nightclub and restaurant on the outskirts of Granite City. The location? Not too far from St. Louis but ...
  • person in a monetarized wheelchair
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    Content warning: Depression, therapy It’s insane how one little thing can change your whole perspective on life. For example, I recently received a loaner electric wheelchair from my manufacturer to use while I wait for my new one to arrive. I have learned an important lesson about myself. My independence is too important to me ...
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    Anniversaries of significant life moments are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you can see how far you have come since that moment. Then, on the other, you can see how far you have not come since that moment. I dabbled with therapy in my 20s but focused most of my time and money ...