Poem: Depression



You feel it all over

From head to toe,

You carry it with you

Wherever you go…

Although in a crowd

You feel very alone,

Is everyone with someone?

And you are on your own?





From time to time

Life loses appeal,

Sadness & pain

Is all you can feel…

You’ve no satisfaction

From your favourite food,

And when you make love

Does it feel as good?


 Your world is in darkness

You’ve no-one to hold,

You feel wholly isolated

Naked & cold…

Would you be missed

If you checked out tonight?

It’s a never ending tunnel

Without any light





Feeling worthless & inferior

And you don’t know why,

You think you have failed

Before you even try…

Are you really so unattractive?

It certainly feels that way,

‘Who would want me’ you ask yourself

And you ask it everyday


If you don’t keep striving

The bastards win the fight,

Pray to God that the dark

Will soon be the light…

Someone once told me

‘You’ve got to have hope’,

If you don’t believe you can beat it

How will you cope?


 What goes around comes around

Karma will prevail,

The good will eventually succeed

And the bad will always fail…

The battle is yours

And it’s yours to win,

Where’s this indomitable spirit

That’s locked deep within?






Alan J. Goodwin 2004



Poem: A day in the Life of M.E.



My hands are so cold

My limbs are so weak

It’s time to be bold

For the future looks bleak


Muscles ache and burn

Words no longer flow

How do I forget

I can feel so low?


The body’s so sluggish

I must scream and shout

It all makes me wonder

What life’s all about?




Glands are so swollen

The throat is so sore

I break down in tears

I can’t bear much more


At night so depressed

Feeling all alone

Awake in the dark

And sick to the bone




The pain’s not forever

The illness will go

But not overnight

As recovery is slow


I’ll not let it beat me

I’ve grown strong and tough

That’s what is needed

When I’ve had enough


Embracing each day

What an awesome task!

At least I’m alive

What more can I ask?




Alan J. Goodwin 2001