“The Chasm”, a poem about my journey through deep depression

The Chasm

A Poem, by Chelsea Walker

It came, took me underground

Away from light, far from home.

I fought growing fog, yet

The world became darkest black.

 

Where are lights of endless stars?

Where, the guiding landscape?

What is this jagged rock which

Hangs, and juts at every turn?

 

From depths of deepest pain

My fists pound unrelenting stone,

But finding soon a tunnel there,

I will myself to walk alone.

 

I trip, stumble along the treacherous path

That seems to lead nowhere.

Who can see, with mortal eyes,

Beyond darkest black?

 

Desperation, fear–I cry into the night,

Who will help me out of here?

Comes soft reply,

“Hold My Hand, precious friend.”

 

Light illuminates my Otherworldly Guide.

Hand in His, I ask, “But, how?

How long until we reach the end?”

I sob with sadness fresh.

 

Discouraged, disheartened

I do everything I can, to reach toward

The guide, which is My Savior’s Hand.

Only He is sure of how to exit this great void.

 

I force my eyes, focus, on the One Light,

Illuminating footsteps ahead.

Stumbling from time to time, I will not fall,

If still I clutch the Master’s Hand.

 

While walking, stumbling, I realize

Progress bit by bit.

Hope within me grows,

Though continuous the blackened pit.

 

Days, weeks, months, years

Steadily go on.

Joyously I realize a slow,

Steady change from darkest night to grayest dawn.

 

With faint illuminating light

Of sun’s bright, distant rays,

I learn that I can speed my pace

I now begin to run!

 

Emerging from the chasm

To glory of noon day

Within my heart burst gratitude, joy

Akin to none I’ve known.

 

Oh beautiful, great mountain!

Oh waving grass so glorious!  Bird song most welcome!

Gentle breeze, a welcome kiss

On upturned face and outstretched arms.

 

Turning to my Guide, I see Him smile with gentle warmth.

My heart with peace o’erflows.

“My dearest friend,” He softly says,

“You’ve made it to the end.”

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13 Replies to ““The Chasm”, a poem about my journey through deep depression”

  1. Amazing poem Chelsea. Thank you for being such a fantastic contributor to The Bipolar Writer blog. It’s been great to see what you bring to the collaborative collection.

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    1. Thank you so much!!! This means the world to me! I’ve loved writing for this blog so much. It has added so much goodness to my life. I’m so happy to be a part of it!

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  2. I’d, lived in the valleys myself, and many times, i’d, wanted to, end it, but something inside of me told me, to hold on tight, to myself and my life, and, i’d, finally, crawled and clawed my way, out of the deep, dark hole of depression i was in, so, keep hoping for that brighter day for yourself, even if you can’t see it, i’m sure, it’s not, far off from where you currently are!

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    1. I’m so glad you commented! Thank you for sharing your story of courage and hope! I hope others read this and feel strengthened as I did. I’m glad you stopped by and commented. Thank you for your words of encouragement!

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