Depression Poem

Poem About Winning The Battle Over Self-Harm

This poem is about my battle with depression at the age of 16. I didn't know how to deal and cope with my feelings properly, so I did what many people who feel alone and want to punish themselves do--I self-destructed. Once I got therapy, writing poems about my experiences really helped. I regret what I did, but as this poem explains, it shows that no matter how low you get, you must remember you're not alone and you can survive.

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Published: October 2015

Here on my arm lies a mark that I made.
When I was so low, I cut with a blade
To punish my body for being a mess,
Though here is my testament, I must confess...

That seeing these scars left on my arms, legs, and chest
Makes me realize I was in a place of no rest;
I feel guilty inside for leaving this token.
Now I will see and remember that I was so broken.

But seeing these scars helps me see
That I survived so much trauma and now I am free.
So I ask you now to stand with me and fight,
To show all these demons what they're doing is not right.

You won the battle of good versus bad.
You are still alive and are no longer sad.
Here on my arm lies a mark of survival.
I got through my hate and beat my self-rival.

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  • by Adebah Khan
  • 1 month ago

It's a beautiful poem. I've self-harmed, too, until someone special taught me my value. You truly do not understand how self-harming is until you've gone through it.

  • by Laura R Poet
  • 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your comment on my poem I really appreciate it. I'm so glad you had someone in your life to remind you of your worth and value.

  • by Jolene Cribbs
  • 2 months ago

This is so relatable. I'm 14 and I've tried killing myself 3 times, and it hurts less each time, and nobody understands that unless they come face to face with the struggles of self-hate and depression. Beautifully written, packed full of emotion. I'm so proud to be sided with people like this.

  • by Laura R Poet
  • 2 weeks ago

Hi, I really appreciate you taking the time to comment on my poem. Thank you also for sharing your story with me. It really means a lot that you were able to relate to my poem in some way. I wish you all the very best with everything.

  • by Laura R Poet
  • 1 month ago

Hi,
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment on my poem. It really means a lot to me to know my poem is relatable to those going through a similar experience to that which I did. Going through the battle of self-hate and depression can be extremely lonely. In fact, it wasn't until I published this poem that I started speaking to others out there who were going through their very own battles. I hope this poem will serve as a reminder that you are a fighter and that there are people out there who do understand. Although everyone's experience with depression and self-hate is different. Remember, you are never truly alone. I wish you all the best with everything.

  • by Jada Kinsinger
  • 7 months ago

I absolutely admire your poem. I can relate to it so much. It's like someone knows what I'm going through and I can feel their pain. It's just an amazing poem that can reach out to so many people. It touched my heart and made me realize that I should give life a try instead of giving up and losing the battle. It made me feel like I'm a strong person that I've gotten this far and am still fighting through it.

  • by Laura R Poet
  • 5 months ago

Hi, thank you so much for the lovely things you've said about my poem. It really means the world to me that you could relate to it and that it has helped to inspire you and remind you what a strong person you are for fighting your battles and for getting this far. It's not always easy, but I hope this poem can continue to help remind you what a strong person you truly are and will help inspire you to keep up the fight. Wishing you all the best with everything.

  • by Jinan
  • 1 year ago

This poem nearly brought me to tears as it is relatable. I cut, and that poem just summarized my thoughts. I hope that many others can relate to this, and thank you because I know that someone out there sadly understands.

  • by Laura R Poet
  • 11 months ago

Hi, thank you so much for your comment on my poem. I really appreciate it. Initially when I was posting this poem, I was scared because up until that point I hadn't shared my thoughts and feelings with anyone and had felt really alone. However, since publishing it I have learned that I actually wasn't alone at all, and sadly there are many others going through their own self-harm battles and struggles with self-demons. I'm glad that you could relate to this poem in some way. I wish you all the best.

  • by Nicole
  • 1 year ago

I'm going through this at the moment. I cut and nobody notices. I feel sad and sometimes have the urge to end my life. At the age of nine I was sexually abused and I'm told this is the cause. Your poem is inspiring to me and some others. I am glad you got through that hard part of you life.

  • by Laura R Poet
  • 1 year ago

Hi, thank you so much for your comment on my poem. It means a lot, particularly as I wrote this poem during one of the darkest periods in my life. Thank you also for sharing your story with me. I'm glad that you found this poem inspiring in some way. When I experienced self-harm and suicidal thoughts it felt like there was no light at the end of the tunnel. It can be a very lonely, sad and difficult time. However, very slowly I stopped experiencing the urges to self-harm and end my life. There were a lot of setbacks, and sometimes there still are, but I try to keep moving forward day by day and wish the same for you, too.

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