Today vs Tomorrow

Today was a good day,
she spent some time
in the sunshine, not outdoors,
but at the window
looking out…
it was something

Yesterday
was not a good day.
Out early before the light —
not sleeping anyway–
back with the blades
before the dawn.

They found her in the bathroom —
knowing what it meant when
she did not answer the phone —
the cuts were not deep,
it was pain she needed,
not death…
not yet.

Today was a good day,
clean bandages,
no new cuts,
a little sun on her face…
a good day.

Tomorrow
she would deal with
tomorrow.

good day sunshine

good day sunshine (Photo credit: eye of einstein)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written for the One Single Impression Prompt of ‘Depression.’

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25 Comments

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25 responses to “Today vs Tomorrow

  1. lenwilliamscarver

    They found her in the bathroom –
    knowing what it meant when
    she did not answer the phone –
    the cuts were not deep,
    it was pain she needed,
    not death…
    How powerful really felt the sadness

  2. Shawna

    “back with the blades before the dawn” … Ouch. This one puts a new spin on dealing with one day at a time.

    I loved the idea of her spending time “almost” in the sun. Close enough, but not quite there.

    Did you ever read my cutting poem?
    http://rosemarymint.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/cutting-board-fine/

  3. Sometimes one must face depression one day at a time. So emotional and beautifully written.

  4. Mark, I couldn’t click like, in all honesty, because this is an upsetting poem. But by golly you have written a superb response to the prompt: concise, yet everything is there.

  5. a vivid portrayal of a deep pain…
    well done.

  6. leahJlynn

    wow, that was sad, however her today was wonderful, here to tomorrow being just as beautiful.

  7. Laurie Kolp

    Such a very sad place to be… and yes, one day at a time.

  8. Jim

    Very nicely writen, Mark. 🙂 Today, yesterday, and tomorrow. You put me into each of these feeling for her in a wanting way, wanting to help her.

    I do hope for your subject that tomorrow will be better still, she deserves that.

  9. moved me to tears man…i am working with a cutter right now…and we have good days and not so good days…it is the pain…he took a iron to one cut that went too deep…day by day…

  10. DARK poem, but well done!

  11. poemsofhateandhope

    Oh man…..seriously….I felt this one….no flowering around, no words mined, just said as it is….raw life for sure…mark- loved it. So sad…sometimes you have to take each day as it comes

  12. I think that this is how it is for many–one day at a time–well done–

  13. Difficult subject, and you handle it well. Dark days and good days, alternating. Hope for more good days for the person in this poem.

  14. Powerful and sad….best wishes.

  15. I know all of these moments all too well, but healing is on the horizon. Beautifully crafted poem. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Whoa – I ache for this one Mark … know all too well how this story can end, and cannot … well-written in its terrifying way …

    http://leapinelephants.blogspot.ca/2012/05/no-more-than-bird-with-piercing-voice.html#comment-form

  17. OMG!! intense and dark..and the emotions run deep..

    My OSI .

  18. so profound and what a picture made with words,, 🙂

  19. Beneath the gloom rich veins

  20. Glenn Buttkus

    Incredible how you have written about
    depression in such a lovely way, putting
    a positive spin on living in the moment;
    which is all we can really do anyway;
    a very touching and heart felt piece, sir.

  21. Sometimes you need the pain to know you are still alive, still here, This is so well done.

Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.

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