This is a poem about the feeling of total hopelessness that comes with depression. The feeling that no one cares and you're all alone.

This poem originally was published in Sad Poems - Depression and Suicide Poems

Life Is A Prison
Life is a prison,
Oh God let me out.
No one to listen,
To hear when you shout.

Climb the walls of insanity,
Ride the waves of despair.
If you fall it don't matter,
There's no one to care.

Used to wish for a window,
To see birds, trees and sky,
But you're better without one -
Stops you aiming too high.

Watching freedom is painful,
For those locked away.
Seeing joy, love and happiness,
Another price that you pay.

Strong is good, weak is bad.
Be it false, be it true.
Your mind makes the choice,
And enforces it too.

Cell walls built by society,
With rules to adhere.
If you breach the acceptable,
You had better beware.

Hide the pain, carry on,
Routine is the key.
Don't let on that you're not,
What you're pretending to be.

Lock it all up inside you,
How badly that bodes.
Look out for that one day,
When it all just explodes.

Leaving naught but a shell,
Base functionality too.
But killing all else,
That was uniquely you.

So how do you grow,
With a timebomb inside?
Or how to defuse it,
Without destroying its ride?

You can't.

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  • Amanda
    When I read this poem, I could relate to so much pain the writer is feeling. It paints a picture that you can see through the details of his words. this poem is beautiful.
  • Annlizmarie
    LOVED the poem its great. And I know what you mean. Everybody thinks they understand but they really don't!
  • krys
    i love this poem! it really explained all this emotions that keep swirling around my head! like i've been trying for ages t figure out why my heart hurts so much! and this poem told me why! i love this poem!
    this poem rots my face off. it has really great emotion.
  • madz
    luv it
  • sarah
    i readed this poem too many times and every time i feel that this poem touch my heart,this poem is fantastic and translate all what i feel in words well thank you puff
  • Collette
    your poem is really just right on with some of the things i have been working on with myself the last 4 years with the help of spirit and the friends that have been there watching me from the outside. i can really relate to these words as a diagnosed bipolar,borderline personality,and schizo effective, i wish i could comment more but gotta go. keep up the positive manner of expressing your feelings and don't be afraid to cry. i and many others look forward to finding these words of yours to create hope in all of us who live in these personal prisons of ours!
  • Emily
    this poem makes me remember my past and it hurts to relize that that was me this poem is really good i love it and i hope it help people to relize that other people have it hard
  • kirra
    hi, i don't kno if i'm smart enough to get this poem but it seems pretty cool. i undertsand what your talking about it's just some words that i doint get. lol
  • sarah
    this poem describe completly what i feel ilt's a wonderfull poem. thanks
  • Caitlin
    I loved this poem because it was beautifully written. For years I have been looking for a poem that describes either me or my life, and I have finnally found it. My life is a prison, and I wish to thank whoever wrote this poem. Thanks again for helping me find my life poem, and keep writing! Caitlin " The ragdoll" Lamain
  • Kirsty
    Unbelievable. Truly from the heart.
  • rebecca
    wow. that was amazing. i love your wording. and i understand what you meant by all that x[
  • Jessica
    Puff, you're an awesome poet! I've felt, and am feeling this way right now. Awesome job.
  • prema
    u touch my heart
  • haseena
    WOW! the poem is apsalutly incredibal,u took the words right out of my mouth. this is exactly what i feel.
  • Carla
    WOW! i really admire you, it's kind that i feel identified with it, i mean, i know that you understand when someone is depressed al all that, wow! hugs* and always try to smile =)
  • Longgone
    This poem is amazing i totally understand where your coming from. keep up the great poetry but one question. is this true for you?
  • Tash
    it's exactly how life is=boxed,caged in by predetermined societal rules. the puzzle piece that doesn't fit,no-one cares,no-one sees becoz you've become so good at being invisible. a prisoner of lonliness,i know your words,i've lived it a thousand lives!
  • jane
    i thought that this was a great poem to describe how some-one that is depressed would think. i have felt that way and i just think tat its great
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