Allison Banks

An Ode To The People

An Ode to the people who were forgotten
who were once loved and cared for

An Ode to those people
who seem like they can't get it right
like their world is crumbling inside
but fake a smile on the outside

An Ode to their souls
that scream, 'you're beautiful! '
But their mind says differently
like a devil and angel on two shoulders
one telling bad, one telling good,
and listening to the bad.

An Ode to the scars
taht cover their precious body
a breakaway from reality
the red marks that scream,
'HELP! '

An Ode to the depression
that builds and builds
until it covers you whole
shielding you from the world
loosing friends, hope, yourself
until one day, it takes your life.

An Ode to those people
who think they have no chance
who try and stay

Submitted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

I wrote this poem for my friend who is going through depression, self-harm, and anorexia at the moment. I went through this too and I got through it, so I know she can, and so can anyone else.

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  • Pam M (5/10/2013 4:09:00 AM)

    Firstly I want to congratulate you on getting through the dark stages of your life. Secondly this is a very inspiring and breath taking poem. but fake a smile on the outside, which is something I can agree I am a victim of at times, I am also certain that we can overcome dark moments in our life. Never lose faith and hope and always remember those you love and whom love you in return, life is a blessing so cherish every moments...once again this is a very very beautiful poem :)))) (Report) Reply

  • Faraj Nyandiko (4/25/2013 12:58:00 PM)

    An ode 2 me who has been there, felt that.Ua piece of art is so uplifting.Ur welcome 2 check n comment on my poems at anytime. (Report) Reply

  • Hope Janson (4/25/2013 10:45:00 AM)

    Sometimes you can't always listen to the good. You did really good i like it :) . (Report) Reply

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