Photo Challenge #193 – When Sadness Descended Upon Her


Image: – Michal Trpák

She saw her life unravelling

Important bits were falling off

What she saw yesterday as whole and complete

Was today collapsing before her eyes.

It’s what happens when sadness descends upon you.


She saw so much had changed

The love she knew she felt

The affection she gave and received

Was once again replaced by pretend

Once sadness descended upon her.


Get on and live your life were words she heard

Over and over repeated you’re better off here.

The humdrum and chaos of a live not lived at all

The expectation you were present when you weren’t

Was what happened when sadness descended on you.


She gathered what was left

What hadn’t disappeared into the air

Held each thread as if to let go

Would allow her soul to wither and die.

For sadness had descended upon her.


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18 Responses to Photo Challenge #193 – When Sadness Descended Upon Her

  1. Patricia says:

    Like echoes in an empty room…heartbreaking.

  2. Cara Hartley says:

    What you describe has been my reality in this lifetime.

  3. kim881 says:

    A great opening line, Michael, that reflects a sadness in the image that I didn’t see at first – you’ve opened my eyes with your poem I like the repetition at the end of each stanza, like sadness dripping. It’s amazing how our interpretations differ!

  4. Vivian Zems says:

    Just….Oh so beautiful! There’s a haunting quality to this.

  5. Reena Saxena says:

    Depression is actually de-expression. Excellent writing, Michael!

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