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Hear My Cries of Pain~a Poem

Linda is a passionate/ published writer from Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota. She's been writing since she was a young girl writing in a journal.

Depression can Lead to Suicide

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Depression

Depression requires a medical diagnois

  • The persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that characterizes major depression can lead to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms. These may include:
  • Changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, or self-esteem.
  • Depression can also be associated with thoughts of suicide.
  • Mood Changes: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings, or sadness
  • Sleep: early awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia, or restless sleep
  • Whole body: excessive hunger, fatigue, loss of appetite, or restlessness
  • Behavioral: agitation, excessive crying, irritability, or social isolation
  • Cognitive: lack of concentration, slowness in activity, or thoughts of suicide
  • Weight: weight gain or weight loss
  • Also common: poor appetite or repeatedly going over thoughts

Poem about Suicide


Your cries of pain Float

and Disintegrate like ashes


Past childhood memories

plague you in flashes


Isolated-Betrayed-Hurt

by those with like-blood


Cause emotional rivers overflow

crashing-crushing, inner flood


Praying for the will to stand tall

trying to look strong, amidst the storm


Dangerous chaotic, winds of change

mute colorful hues to invisible form


Dark Clouded thoughts Beckon

growing~Moving~ever near


White Knuckling your grip

to all you hold dear


Rushing waters too strong to fight

dam of pain breaks-overrides the light


Voices of dread growing louder

life unravels~ constant upheaval


Trying hard to spark some fight

in a tunnel of despair and evil


No energy left to move forward in hope

nightmare winning it's downward quest


Tear drenched pillow, one last breath

no more pain-eternal rest...


Tribute to a Friend and Co-Worker

This poem is dedicated to a past co-worker and friend. A compassionate, wounded healer who gave years of service to helping others in the social work/mental health field. A suicide is always tragic, but knowing it was a woman who helped so many in their time of need but could not find a way to help herself, makes it all more painful and difficult to bear. RIP my dear friend.


























Suicide

© 2012 Linda Rogers

Comments

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on October 30, 2013:

Dear Twin, I am sure your precious friend is with the Lord. He knows the pain she suffered. My friend who took his life so loved the Lord. I know He is with Jesus.

May all those that suffer from mental illness find healing and comfort in the one true Savior Jesus Christ, Amen. Love you dear twin. Skye

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 27, 2013:

P.S.- Skye-I feel so bad your first comment was lost. That's happened to me many times. I don't know what I accidentally hit, but it's frustrating when you lose what you've written. Thank you for taking the time out to re-write your comment. Blessings my friend :-)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 27, 2013:

Amen Skye, Amen to that. My friend and co-worker had a really hard childhood. Abuses of almost every kind which took a toll on her mental health. We worked together in the mental health field and she took such care with helping others. It was devastating to hear that she made the choice to end her life. She believed in God and Jesus but her pain took over her life. I pray she is with the Lord now and in peace. God Bless you for your comforting and inspiring words.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 27, 2013:

What a thoughtful comment loveofnight. Always love to hear that someone feels the emotion in my words. It always helps me to write out my pains, losses and joys in life. What would we writers do without this outlet. So glad to have a visit from you today. God Bless you and have a great evening.

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on October 27, 2013:

Dearest twin I lost the first comment. Oh yikes.... Well here I go again. Your beautiful poem touched my heart. I felt despair for those that suffer from grave depression. I pray that they are led to Jesus who is comforter and healer. The devil wants to take down any and all, he is father of lies. I read recently that suicide is number 3 cause of death in ages 18 to 28. God is the answer to our help and every need. May we lead those to the Lord that are so hurting. I have lost a young friend to suicide. It is a devastating tragedy for all concerned. May Jesus comfort all that were touched by this sweet woman.

You are very brave to write such a heartfelt poem twin. Jesus come quickly. The devil is going around to devour. There is hope. Jesus We must share the good news of Jesus. Amen. My love to you and yours. Skye

Loveofnight Anderson from Baltimore, Maryland on October 27, 2013:

wow.....interesting, beautiful and useful, i almost thought that you were talking to me. i could feel the passion in your words. i can only pray that this out-let gave you a little peace. be well

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 27, 2013:

Thanks Lady Fiddler-I appreciate that. This sad poem is about a friend and co-worker that took her life. Sad how a person who gave her whole life to help others, couldn't help herself. She suffered with depression and other mental health issues. I miss her :-(

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on October 27, 2013:

Nice poem mine :) keep up the good work.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on March 19, 2013:

God Bless you Stars. Hope all is well in your world :-)

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on March 19, 2013:

Beautiful poem. Gorgeous words. Riveting , and interesting. God Bless You, and you're precious loved ones , cherished heart.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on January 28, 2013:

I agree Suzzy-their is certainly no judgment as anyone who takes their life is in a place we can't even imagine. I pray that your friend and mine is bathing in God's pure love. Great to see you :-)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on January 28, 2013:

Hi Jackie-I know, what did I do before hubpages? It's so healing to have a place like this to come and vent. I thank you for voting and sharing my story. Have a great day my friend.

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on January 28, 2013:

Sorry for your loss Minnetonka Twin. I also lost a friend this way and it was over losing the love of his life. We will never know their pain because we cannot walk their walk. God is a forgiving God and our friends rest in his loving arms.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 28, 2013:

Beautifully done Linda, and I know once we get something like this written it helps so much dealing with it, although the actual writing is very painful. Hp can often be good medicine. Voting up and sharing.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on November 28, 2012:

Wow-thank you so much A-Poet-writing dark poetry really heals my soul especially when it's grieving.

Awful Poet from The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) (m-M)_0 = 18.41, or 48 kpc (~157,000 on November 28, 2012:

Such a beautiful place where this has taken me.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on November 15, 2012:

loveofnight-your comment is so thoughtful and full of wisdom. I indeed can see that you know how it feels and how hard it can be to lose a friend to suicide. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for the prayers. I also want to thank you for your wonderful fan mail. You made my day with your comment on my writing. It's always great to know my writing touches people.

Loveofnight Anderson from Baltimore, Maryland on November 15, 2012:

My heart goes out to you, I do know first hand the pain that you may be feeling. It is never easy so I won't say things like it will get better or you will find closure.What I will say is that I will keep your heart in my prayers. Be well

Alyx Kemp from Herkimer, NY on October 28, 2012:

Yes, very true. The hardest thing to understand sometimes is that they are in a better place. But they are safe and out of harms way. For me, the hardest part is knowing he only wanted me happy and trying not to be sad. I was closer to him than my biological brothers which makes the loss harder. But at least I know, now he can watch over all of us at once instead of one at a time.

And I'm happy to follow you. You're a wonderful writer. And I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy yours!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 28, 2012:

Hi alyxsky2~I actually just read your sad poem about the tragic death of your friend. We both relate to this situation. My friend was plagued with bouts of depression and hopelessness. I actually think she is in a better place and free of her misery. We all miss her so dearly though~I think it's always harder for us loved ones that are left behind. I picture her free in heaven and feeling no pain, just joy. Thanks for following me and reading my work. I'm excited to meet a new hubber friend.

Alyx Kemp from Herkimer, NY on October 28, 2012:

I could definitely feel the pain in this poem. I had lost a friend from being beaten to death this past July. Your poem spoke right to my heart. Voted up & beautiful.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 06, 2012:

Thanks Sweetie Pie. I think when we lose someone, it's a good reminder to live life to the fullest and to tell the ones you love what they mean to you. Thanks for coming by. My friend is deeply missed but I know she's at peace now.

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on October 05, 2012:

Sorry about your friend. My friend just went to a dual funeral this week because both of her friend's parents passed away. This poem is a tribute to the memory of your friend. Remember the good times you two had!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on September 12, 2012:

What a nice treat to see you here today, Rosemay. It is sad indeed that she helped others but couldn't figure out how to help herself. I think sometime it is easier for people with depression to reach out to others while they are drowning themselves. I am happy that she is now at peace but it's a tough thing.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on September 11, 2012:

A beautiful tribute to your friend. It is so hard to lose someone close. That she helped others but could not help herself is so sad. Depression is one of the hardest things to deal with. I am so sorry for your loss and feel your pain.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on September 11, 2012:

Thanks so much lyricwriter. I know she's at peace now but it sure is hard. Great to see you my friend.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on September 10, 2012:

MT, voted up, awesome, and beautiful. MT, these are words from the heart and soul. So so sorry about your dear friend Linda. This is a beautiful and touching tribute. May God imbrace your heart and soul in your time of need.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on September 01, 2012:

Thank you for your kind and comforting words prasetio. Great to see you today. I also believe our Lord is there for my friend and she's now at peace.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on September 01, 2012:

Very sad poem and very touching. I am so sorry for your loss. I believe that God still love your friend....amen. Thank you very much.

Prasetio

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 28, 2012:

Thank you for the lovely comment nenytridiana.

nenytridiana from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia on August 28, 2012:

Beautiful and touching! I love this part:

Praying for the will to stand tall

trying to look strong, amidst the storm

Thank you minnetonkatwin.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 25, 2012:

Wow Stessily-thanks so much for your words of comfort and wisdom. I agree that when a person chooses to leave here, there is much going on that we cannot even fathom. You put it well that suicide shows a loss of self~otherwise, how could they even consider this action. They have gone beyond just entertaining the thought when things are difficult. I think most of us have had the thought pop in our heads when we are overwhelmed but it's just a thought to drive us forward. Thanks again for another thoughtful and heart felt comment. God Bless.

stessily on August 25, 2012:

MT, This is a moving, deeply felt tribute to your friend. As with your tribute to your brother Dave, there is hope in the belief that your words reach them so that they know that they are loved. The pain which drives one to make the conscious choice to exit from life occurs at a depth which is incomprehensible, even to those who may have entertained suicidal thoughts. It seems to me, from research and experience, that suicide express a loss of self, a loss of one's center. So, whereas the act may seem selfish to those left behind, that most likely is not considered by those who take their own lives. Clearly, their perceptions are far, far different from those who contemplate suicide but do not follow through.

You have beautifully conveyed, through your words, your friend's despair. May she rest in the peace which your words bring with their nonjudgmental truths.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 23, 2012:

Thanks Peggy-I do get some peace knowing that she is no longer in pain and is now at peace. It hurts so much knowing how much agony she was in and I didn't know to what extent. I did know she suffered with depression but I guess I never considered that suicide would be a choice for her as a person or as a Social Worker. Goes to show, we all have a cross to bear on this earth, no matter who you are. Bless you for coming by my friend.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 23, 2012:

Very sad poem and the feelings of those who are left after someone takes their own life by suicide are hard to recover from. All the "what ifs" or "what could I have done to prevent it?" questions float around in one's mind for some time. Just know that your co-worker is no longer suffering in this life. Bless you and all those who will be missing and thinking about her.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 21, 2012:

Thanks Urn Garden. Appreciate that :-)

Urn Garden on August 21, 2012:

Sorry for your loss.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 19, 2012:

Thanks so much toknowinfo. It really does help to write about struggles in life-just getting it off my chest helps me breath better. This hub community is a source of comfort for me in life's ups and downs. I don't know how I ever lived without all of you wonderful people. Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by.

toknowinfo on August 19, 2012:

I am so sorry for your loss. I hope this poem helps alleviate some of your pain. While your heartaches, I hope you find comfort in knowing that you have support in this wonderful hub community. May you find comfort in the memories you have and the special times you shared together. Be well, take care and I look forward to reading about better times you can write about.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 17, 2012:

Thanks acaetnna-I appreciate that. Writing helps ease some of the pain from the loss.

acaetnna from Guildford on August 17, 2012:

Such heart felt words and so beautifully written. A lovely tribute, awesome.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 16, 2012:

I know what you mean that there have been so many lately. I see it on the news, I see it within my circle, etc...it's getting really depressing. I'm having a really hard time with this one. You always wonder if there's something you could have done or said. I hope her kids are getting counseling to help them deal with this. Blessings to you too.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on August 16, 2012:

I am so sorry for your loss.. it is hard to lose someone you love. old friends relatives.. there have been so many lately. blessings to you

debbie

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 16, 2012:

Dear teaches-Bless you for your kind words of comfort. It's been a difficult time losing this special lady. She gave so much to others that it is hard to see how she had nothing left for herself. That thought is what's making my grief even tougher. Thanks for the hugs and prayers.

Dianna Mendez on August 15, 2012:

I am so sorry for the loss of this woman. Who knows what may have helped her to overcome her depression. Sounds like she suffered much at the hands of others who didn't care. Your poem is a wonderful tribute to her. May she find the peace of God's love surrounding her today as she is finally at rest. Prayers and hugs to you.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 14, 2012:

Your sweet comment brought tears to my eyes, Andrew. Thanks so much for saying she would be proud of me for the tribute. She was a beautiful soul and will be so missed here. She was one of many wounded healers on this earth. She gave so much to others in the Social Work field. Deeply loving and caring woman.

I just started following you and look forward to reading your work.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 14, 2012:

AEvans-Life can certainly be too much at times as I can attest. I thank God I have my faith and friends to get me through the tough times. I know she's at peace and in our Lords light and out of her turmoil. I so feel for her children and grandchildren and others left behind. I agree that we cannot judge those that make this choice. We are not in their shoes and cannot imagine what there going through. Thanks so much for coming by and giving me your caring and support.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 14, 2012:

Dear Gail-thank you so much for your love, support and hub hugs. It is a very painful thing to know how much pain my friend was in. Unfortunately, soon after this friend committed suicide, I lost another girl friend to it. I don't know if the latter friend had a history of depression like my other friend, but I heard she was in financial distress ,which can certainly cause a deep situational depression. Again, you coming by means the world and gives me a sense of comfort in this tough time.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 14, 2012:

Thanks so much Tammy for coming by. Isn't it hard to watch someone go through so much pain and not know what to do. We don't ever imagine that it's so bad that they'll hurt themselves or commit suicide. We can say, "I wish I would have"...but it wont bring the person back and may not have made any difference. Suicide is a choice after all but one that brings lots of sadness, confusion and anger to loved ones left behind.

Andrew187 from louisville, ky on August 14, 2012:

So sad but very good. I think she is crying her eyes out in heaven from this masterpieces you wrote. I bet shes proud.

Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on August 14, 2012:

So sad and beautiful. My heartfely sympathy and sorrow to her and her friends. Sometimes the world can become to much and nobody will understand the plight when someone takes their life. We should always forgive them , love them and remember them in a special way. You did that through your beautiful poem. Beautiful so beautiful. She would be so proud and she knows the words you wrote, you are truly a wonderful friend.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on August 14, 2012:

So sorry about your loss. As I read this gut-wrenching and heartfelt poem I wondered if the person that this was a tribute to had committed suicide, and it was sad to see from your comments that was indeed the case.

Even sadder was the fact that this caring co-worker and social worker, who had done much to help others, couldn't, as you say, overcome her own distress.

I am glad that writing this tribute poem and sharing it brought you some measure of relief during this time of grief and I think it's good to have it on HubPages where others might see it and reach out to someone they know is stuck in the throes of depression (though there are some who don't openly share their depressed feelings and it can be hard to recognize just how deeply troubled they are until it's too late.)

Sending Hub Hugs and Love Your Way.

Gail

Tammy from North Carolina on August 14, 2012:

This is very touching. My very best friend is losing her mom to sudden cancer. She is in the middle of a white knuckle battle herself. Very raw and moving. Sharing.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 12, 2012:

Dear Lesley-thanks so much for coming by with your comforting words. It's just so sad in so many ways.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on August 12, 2012:

I am so sorry for your loss, I felt the pain in your words - this is so sad.

My best wishes to you, Lesley

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 11, 2012:

Hi mckbirds-sorry to make you sad but I guess my poem got my feelings across and that's a compliment. Thanks very much for coming by and offering support.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 11, 2012:

Hi Gypsy-I don't think I've ever prayed more than I have been lately and it's really helpful knowing God is listening to me. I've learned that when I forget to pray, I'm not as happy and content. God helps ease the rough roads of life. Great to see you here my friend.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 11, 2012:

Dear Ruby-Your so right that suicide is a whole different type of grief from a natural death. There is no doubt she was suffering more than most were aware of. I am so sorry to hear that you've also lost loved ones to suicide. I really appreciate you coming by and leaving your words of comfort. I love you and all my hub friends so much. What a great community and family we are.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 11, 2012:

Martie-your words are really comforting right now. Suicide is a hard pill to swallow. I too would never judge one that takes his/her life as I am not in there shoes but I agree it's a selfish and angry act. She left a loving husband, grown children, grandchildren and many friends. It's so sad that someone who devoted her life to help others in the Social Work field would end her own life. Thanks for coming by, it's comforting in this crazy world to have hub friends like you.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 11, 2012:

Hi Pamela-thanks so much for reading my poem. I know it's a bit dark, but it always helps me to heal to write about difficulties in life. Hope all is well with you.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 11, 2012:

Hi Tom-sis and I are hangin in there. It seems when it rains it pours. Lots going on over here, but we have faith and each other. Always a wonderful treat to see you friend.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 11, 2012:

Hi Kashmir-losing a friend is so hard, especially when it's a suicide. I'm still in shock. Great to see you friend :-)

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on August 11, 2012:

This is a heartwrenching piece. The saddness, hurt and anger prevail. It left me with tears.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on August 11, 2012:

Voted up. Inspirational, heart-felt and all round a wonderful tribute to a friend who has gone to the world beyond. Look to the Lord to ease your pain.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 10, 2012:

Very beautiful tribute to a friend who found release possibly in death. We never understand the final act of taking one's life. The depth of hurt must have been so tremendous. I have had two suicides in my family. It always leaves a hurt so different from a natural death. God Bless you my friend..

Martie Coetser from South Africa on August 10, 2012:

Dear Minnetonka Twin, I am so sorry to hear this bad, heart-breaking news about your friend and past co-worker. The natural deaths of people we know is hard to deal with and suicides almost impossible. I feel like writing a hub about all the horrible feelings provoked in us by those who commit suicide. I will always understand them, will never condemn, because I've been there on the edge. However, I know that suicide is, like murder, the most selfish act one can possibly commit. My heart goes out to you and to all those who have loved your friend.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 10, 2012:

This was truly a beautiful tribute to your friend and I am so sorry for your loss. Up, beautiful and awesome.

justom from 41042 on August 10, 2012:

Wonderful, beautiful words Linda...it's hard to understand depression that deep. Hope you girls are doin' well. Peace...especially now.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on August 10, 2012:

Hi my friend nice to see you back writing, loved your poem. It so sad when one loses a dear friend .

Vote up and more !!!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on August 10, 2012:

Dear friends: Writer-MH-Lord-healthylife-BPop-Xstatic and Peg-

Sadly, this is a tribute to a friend and past co-worker that took her life. She struggled with depression all of her life. What is so sad is how she was in the helping profession as a Social Worker. She put so much love and energy into everyone else but could not help herself out of her struggles in life. I am so deeply saddened and pained by the news of her committing suicide. I feel like it's all a really bad dream. Thank you all for your comments. I just had to purge this poem to help me through this grief. God bless all of my hubber friends.

Peg: the line you referred to: those with like-blood, was a reference about her family of origin. They were quite cruel to her and there was a lot of dysfunction.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on August 10, 2012:

This was hauntingly full of imagery and thought provoking phrases like this one that could mean so many things whether family or perhaps a blood transfusion. . .

Isolated-Betrayed-Hurt

by those with like-blood

I was captivated by the sadness and lovely tribute to one so well loved.

Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on August 10, 2012:

A sad and hearfelt tribute to one who must have been very close.

breakfastpop on August 10, 2012:

This was a beautiful and moving tribute to your dear friend. Up and beautiful and awesome.

healthylife2 on August 10, 2012:

Very beautiful! This was so sad but also peaceful!

Joseph De Cross from New York on August 09, 2012:

Wow! Sad and touching! felt the pain through my own veins. You delivered the message. Great inspiration and your words are right on!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on August 09, 2012:

it surely was a great love to hurt so bad.

even sadder... we get use to it

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on August 09, 2012:

It'a good to see you again.

This poem is very touching with heartfelt words. That left me feeling sad.

Voted up and awesomely beautiful, Joyce.