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the persistence of your beating heart

A poem for those who might be living in the gray area.

– S.


A roaring sea

An empty sky

An echoing silence where joy used to be.

And you remember that you have been here before

(perhaps you never left)

Luckily, life does not need you to love it.

Chipper ambition and

Blithe good cheer

Have slunk away.

Hiding somewhere, I suppose.

Luckily, food does not need you to savor it.

In the beginning there was the void

And darkness was upon the face of the deep.


Ashes to ashes

And all the ashes in between.

Luckily, success does not need you to appreciate her.

Lesson One:
Nothing means anything.

Lesson Two:
Everything is temporary.

There is no lesson three.

So I salute the persistence of your beating heart

And I forgive the sun for shining.

Now greet solitude as a friend, my friend.

The new day has begun.



I am holding you in my heart.



P.S. It is estimated that as much as 10% of the population lives with depression. So if you are fortunate enough to not live with depression, please be reminded that one in ten of your friends, co-workers and neighbors do. And if you are living with depression, please continue to seek treatment, OK? (Even though you probably don’t feel like it : ) Regardless of your mental state, be gentle with your sweet self today and always. – ssb.

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