My fight against darkness
My depression is-
a hide and seek champion-
I no longer search for.
But still it jumps out at me-
ready to play again when I least expect it.
I don’t want to be a flatline.
I want people to see me, know
I can survive.
I don’t want to be dead; I am happy.
I have reached my limit- I have had enough. You haunt my every move, make my life too tough.
4 years ago, you released your poison, you started to invade my life. You shocked the breath out of my body. Your pain as sharp as a knife.
The lies you whisper into my ear, send a chill down my spine. They make me feel like, my life is no longer mine.
You have torn all the happiness out of me, put a filter over my life so I can no longer see.
You took away my dad, you stole all my friends now you leave me not knowing who I can trust. Everything I used to enjoy is now covered in a layer of dust.
Today is not your day. I stand up to the demons that you sent to block the way.
My life is mine to take back. My happiness, my future. I have hope and that you cannot attack.
I know you won’t disappear straight away- that’s okay.
As long as you know that, I won’t let you take control of me today.
(Tom JF Wood is a nineteen-year-old performance and media student studying in Cardiff, UK. He is keen to create content which challenges issues within society. He focuses predominantly on his work to campaign for mental health after losing his father to suicide. Tom has chosen not to let this traumatic event burden him and instead uses his story to inspire others and to create a positive change in the world.)
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