Flummery by Elizabeth M Wrobel A short poem about a cool word. [45 words]
Tired Of You by August Nyghts - [157 words]
ThereÖ by August Nyghts - [46 words]
Somethings by August Nyghts - [76 words]
Racing by August Nyghts - [185 words]
In Soulitude by August Nyghts - [205 words]
In My Garden by August Nyghts - [183 words]
Random Acts by Peter Rivendell Written by writing lines at random and then organising them into a more "organic" kind of flow - an... [204 words]
Your Gonna Miss Me by Ralph R Martinez - [136 words]
Without Her Pretty Face by Ralph R Martinez - [93 words]
Who Is My Mom? by L A Winterburn A soppy poem I wrote for my mom on her birthday. [65 words]
White Washed Walls, A Collection by Pearl S Acollection of verse: White Washed Walls: Something that came to me while I w... [707 words]
Whispers On The Wind by Judith Goff Something ghostly this way comes... [92 words]
Weep by Kendra Johnson A poem that personifys emotions. [115 words]
Unconciously Wanting by Alberto Pupo Wanting unconciously to reveal.. [108 words]
To My Muse by Alberto Pupo An ode to her. [118 words]
To Enlighten by Alberto Pupo A most noble quest to stroke the ego. [95 words]
Time For Goodnight by David W Ledger A poem I wrote as a lullabye for my children. [122 words]
This Man Of Mine by Judith Goff - [95 words]
The Two Evils by Stuart Eric Longridge There is something wrong with the law,criminals protecting criminals. [119 words]
The Flood by Stuart Eric Longridge A bit wet. [220 words]
Tardy by Flipanmc About being late in high school. Boy, can you tell I was a good student? Actually this is about my friend... [79 words]
Super Bowl High by Judith Goff I've been a Bucs fan from the first inauspicious fumbling in the dark to tonight's awesome Supe... [109 words]
Summer Squeeze by August Nyghts Title says it all. [90 words]
Suicide by M Q Walters Standing on the edge. [137 words]
Standing On The Edge Of Depression
Spoon by Tessa This poem is for Jonathan- as requested (demanded?! J/K). My promise has been kept. This came out of a co... [45 words]
Speaking Of Which by Alberto Pupo To speak. [96 words]
Sleep Wars by Flipanmc I am and always will be a night owl. This is about (not) getting up for school. I wrote it back in h... [92 words]
Slave by Rae You decide who/what it's about... [58 words]
Scarecrow by David B Doc Byron A poem about a scarecrow. What else can I say? [80 words]
Soon by L A Winterburn A love poem. [61 words]
Primal by Judith Goff - [26 words]
Opening Up by Peter Rivendell Am I no longer enjoying my job...? [198 words]
Mind Trap by Stuart Eric Longridge - [93 words]
Millineums Later by David B Doc Byron A scorned lover reflects on the past. [76 words]
Memories Of Her by Alberto Pupo Only a memory. [102 words]
Makes No Difference by Pearl S Not the Sum 41 song. [120 words]
Love Drug by Stuart Eric Longridge Transforming times. [115 words]
Jailed In Her Heart by Ralph R Martinez A poem about seeing a girl in a room. [81 words]
Iraq Attack Part 2 by Stuart Eric Longridge A better explanation of events. [346 words]
Imaginary Lover by Judith Goff - [74 words]
He Whispers by Tessa I couldn't get this Devil (a poet, no less!) out of my thoughts any other way but to write him out.... [87 words]
Games by Judith Goff - [103 words]
Frightbaby by David B Doc Byron A young ghoul's nursery rhyme. [94 words]
Emergence Of The Optimist by Alberto Pupo Emerging from the ashes of the Pessimist. [160 words]
Dreamscape: The Thirst by R Bennett Okerstrom It even happens in your dreams. [77 words]
Dream State by Stuart Eric Longridge Reflection. [258 words]
Detroit Begging by Tessa Ok - I was pretty annoyed this morning that I was asked for some change by this panhandler who ... [269 words]
Destiny Of Fools by Alberto Pupo Are we fools destined for something, or is destiny for fools. [90 words]
Deliberate Intentions In The 4th Dimension by Stuart Eric Longridge Create your own reality. [244 words]
Deathchant by David B Doc Byron A goodbye song for the dearly departed. [37 words]
Craving by Tessa I wrote this in about 5 minutes and it probably shows- but I was craving and had to write it out of my ... [34 words]
Cosmic Chemotheraphy by Stuart Eric Longridge A follow up to Astrogenetics. [159 words]
Cheer Up by Stuart Eric Longridge It's happening now. [345 words]
Caress by Rae Took excerpts from In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan and The Knife by Richard Selzer and made the... [76 words]
Best Friend by Peter Rivendell Sometimes you can`t even choose your friends. [62 words]
Astrogenetics by Stuart Eric Longridge Our star signs should really be taken from conception. I think. [50 words]
Ambiguous Art by Alberto Pupo Delve deeper to find meaning perhaps... [83 words]
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Standing On The Edge Of Depression
Self-worth, self-pity and self-confidence.
R Bennett Okerstrom
A collection of my work from circa 1995 to the present. Some dark and deep, others bright and cheerful.
|AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (63)
Asylum Of My Soul (Poetry) Nowhere to go. [36 words]
Blanket Of Trust (Poetry) Take my secret to your grave [59 words]
Blood Game (Songs) A lyrical taste of the hunt created solely for a friend's upcoming novel. [139 words] [Horror]
Broken Halo (Songs) An angel falls from her sky [182 words]
Bryna (Poetry) Saying goodbye to my mom [131 words]
Columbian Necktie (Songs) When you've said one too many things to piss someone off...someone writes a heavy metal song about you. [99 words] [Horror]
Dark Wave (Poetry) Exorcising demons of the past [113 words]
Deliverance (Poetry) Lingering thoughts and images of something I cannot recall. [97 words]
Denial (Poetry) Forbidden love [191 words]
Downtown: Coney Island Footlong (Poetry) Part four of a series referring to Downtown Detroit's homeless population. [635 words]
Downtown: Do You Have A Quarter? (Poetry) Part one of a series referring to Downtown Detroit's homeless population. [315 words]
Downtown: Mr. O.D.C. Preacher (Poetry) Part three of a series referring to Downtown Detroit's homeless population. [261 words]
Downtown: One Eye (Poetry) Part two of a series referring to Downtown Detroit's homeless population. [223 words]
Dreamscape: The Thirst (Poetry) It even happens in your dreams. [77 words]
Echoes In My Head (Poetry) Laying in bed on December 24th. [61 words] [Drama]
Eternal Desire (Poetry) A vampire will stop at nothing to claim his bride and grant her immortality. [84 words]
Ever And Ever (Songs) Just another heavy guitar and deep baseline type of song on the subject of immortality. [127 words]
Faceless (Songs) The rise to the top can end abruptly. [116 words]
Feels Like Forever (Poetry) Sometimes you miss someone, if even for a day, and it feels like forever. [66 words] [Romance]
Here Alone (Songs) Sometimes you never see it coming [104 words]
I Keep On Falling For You (Songs) Just found it and others in a folder tagged "1993 Work" [142 words]
I Need (Poetry) This is a song about never really knowing what you had until it's gone. [124 words]
I Own You (Poetry) Never forget that I own you. [88 words]
Imperfection (Poetry) - [62 words]
In Your Dreams (Poetry) - [71 words]
Infidelity (Poetry) When a husband ignores his wife, a marriage will crumble and the wife will stray... [98 words]
Influence (Poetry) How influential can a demon of the night be? [218 words]
Losing Battle (Poetry) Prepare for sin. [109 words]
Lost Without You (Songs) More from the "1993 Work" folder. [179 words]
Mended Heart (Poetry) - [90 words]
Never Regret What Makes You Smile (Poetry) When two people want to be together and they aren't. [94 words] [Relationships]
New Beginning (Poetry) - [93 words]
Nobody Likes You (Songs) How does it feel to be the person that has everything but friends? [170 words]
Nothing (Poetry) - [77 words]
Progressive Silence (Poetry) Sometimes there is no sound. Starting over never works. [79 words]
R.A.O. (Poetry) Saying goodbye to my Dad [79 words]
Remember (To Remind Me) (Songs) Punkish song. [103 words]
Saddam Hussein (Poetry) I was bored. Therefore I write. [39 words]
Sanguinary (Poetry) The blood continues to flow in this experimental preface followed by poetry. [128 words] [Horror]
Seed (Poetry) Are eight lines enough? [44 words]
Shattered Dream (Poetry) The result of betrayal by one's best friend and one's girlfriend. [141 words]
Shut Your Mouth (Songs) Sometimes you just need to shut your mouth! [92 words]
Six (Poetry) What would you do with only six days? [68 words]
Someone Like You (Poetry) - [74 words]
Sounds Of A Summer Countryside (Poetry) - [113 words]
Storymania (Poetry) What is Storymania? [97 words]
Temporary Dreams (Poetry) - [36 words]
The Din (Poetry) 42 strong words. [42 words]
The Embrace (Poetry) A newly born vampire's first taste. [90 words]
The Voice (Poetry) Evil whispers across the wind. [127 words]
Theend (Songs) It's the end of this relationship. [106 words]
To Be Alone (Songs) I'd rather be alone than trapped. [106 words]
Unbridled Fury: The Battle To Breathe (Essays) Subconscious thought... [685 words]
Unbridled Fury: The Subconscious (Essays) Subconscious thought... [365 words]
Undaunting (Poetry) Bring me home [66 words] [Motivational]
Unflowing (Poetry) - [62 words]
Untitled -- 1989 (Poetry) As taken from "Disintegration". [96 words]
Us (Poetry) - [182 words]
Wake Of Destruction (Songs) You can run, but you cannot outrun fate. [112 words]
We Are Right (Poetry) You should always fight for whatís right in life and in love. [113 words] [Romance]
Witch Hunt (Poetry) Defeating the evil that takes away life is more difficult than it seems. [165 words] [Horror]
(I See) The Light (Poetry) Can you see the light? [98 words]
(It's Time To) Cut The Cord (Songs) There comes a time when you just need to cut the cord [131 words]
Standing On The Edge Of Depression
R Bennett Okerstrom
Standing on the edge of depression,
Engulfed in languor, I ponder over
This lassitude that I cannot defeat.
Slowly gnawing away,
Filling me with worthless inanity.
A feeling that is so far from discrete.
Seclusion from the world outside
Not nearly as prudent as confronting
The obstacles that block my very path.
Holding me captive,
Filling me with constant torment.
Daring me to unleash my inner wrath.
During inauspicious times
Iíve gathered my demons together,
Hid them from the world all so very well.
Suppressing the notion of failure,
Filling me with total anguish yet
Constantly forcing me never to dwell.
This time itís no different,
Alas, itís the same.
The stormís here to weather,
To test me again.
Iíll fight through the despondence
To hell with the game.
Throw everything at them
My life Iíll reclaim.
And when itís all over,
The smoke will be cleared.
Iíll rise up above them.
Again be inhered.
Ending this chapter,
Reinforcing the fact,
That I should be feared.
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"Well done R. Bennett! This is certainly something I can relate to. I will weather my storm too. I have become quite the fighter. Thanks!" -- JM.
"A testament to the resiliency of the human spirit ... excellent work, R Bennett" -- Judith.
"Thanks you two. Times are sometimes tough, yet I always make it through." -- R. Bennett.
"Nice job RB - and the world will be shaking." -- Just A Guy.
"I like this, except for the last line. Why would you want to be feared?" -- Molly B.
"R. Bennett, the excellence of your work shows what a gifted person you are. You are destined for great success! Hang in there!" -- JM.
"And I know something about standing on the edge...nice work" -- mattie, va.
"Molly: It has personal meaning." -- R. Bennett.
"I see. I was thinking that maybe I'd interpreted it too literally. At any rate, I did like it. I've read a lot of your pieces and like most of what I've read. " -- Molly B.
"great piece! I particularly like the last line in the second paragraph. I can REALLY relate to that." -- August, MI.
"Thanks Molly and August. I appreciate your positive comments." -- R. Bennett.
"Very nicely done." -- Mistina.
"Thanks Misti. I refuse to allow the big "G" to drag me down." -- R. Bennett.
"I was hoping you weren't going to keep all those demons locked up over time, 'cause they can grow pretty ugly...good mental work!" -- Mia Angello, WI.
"I don't usually have demons locked up. I usually write them away or play them away on the soccer field or ice rink. This particular piece was necessary at the time." -- R. Bennett .
"i know all about standing on the edge...i like this poem alot...another great piece..." -- kat, Aust..
"Thanks yet again..." -- R. Bennett.
"R, I like how specifically you articulated a broad wealth of emotions; metaphorically contained, subdued and persevered. I am sure that this would touch many people and challenge them to be survivors." -- Royal D.
"Thanks Royal. I wrote this when my job was really pushing me to my limits. Unfortunately it hasn't gotten any better over the past four years and now as we enter 2008 I am once again standing on that edge..." -- R. Bennett.
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