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This is a tough poem to write a description for. How can you describe pure emptiness, overwhelming uselessness, nonethingness. there was no special circumstance which led me to write this poem. These are simply feelings I deal with on a daily basis. I know there must be others out there who share similar feelings, therefore I'm willing to share this quite personal piece.

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chelsea
this was a real good poem. decribes how i feel most days of the 16 years of life. good job bye
Gennie
Love it. I used this poem to send a message to someone i loved and who broke my heart. thats exactly how i feel, thank you for writing it
Bridget
That was an amazing poem. It really describes how I have been feeling lately. Keep it up!
Nacrina
It's really difficult to put the feelings of depression into words, let alone in a poetic form that truly depicts how one feels when depressed. I'm going through yet another bout of depression, and this time I've added counseling. It's endless. It's empty. It's definitely a void. Michael Anderson's poem titled "Void" touched me by reflecting the exact feelings I've had (and am currently experiencing again). it helped, even if only for a moment, to know I wasn't alone.

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Void

Void, canceled, simply annulled.
Endlessly aching, unconsoled.
Life without you, cause without reason.
Touch without sense, time without season.
I face life now facing a cancerous sore,
A sordid parasite that eats at my core.
All that makes me whole, all I hold deep within,
Leaving me lifeless, or at least not livin'.

A shallow face, anguished and marred.
An empty space, scaled and scarred.
Sweetly abiding to a cynical charade.
Secretly hiding 'hind a fictitious facade.
Still, lost within this heart of glass,
This fragile and yet unfeeling mass.
Lies the remains of a love that glowed,
The gift to you I once bestowed.

But honor and pride now bereaved-
By your love for me so misconceived,
Ripped from my inner depths, impeding-
Mind and body and spirit, bleeding;
Now's crushed to sand from thy ruthless hand,
A cold stare I just can't understand.
I feel that somehow, somehow I'm dying,
At least my soul and all that's underlying.

A simple void, is that what I've become?
The hollowed sphere on a pendulum.
Swinging back and forth, emotion to emotion,
Never once stopping, nor slowing the motion.
No reason, no answer, no justification.
The creation of a sterile imagination.
Just passing through time as time passes me.
Merely a nothing- nothing, merely, left to be.
Sightless and soundless, unseen and unheard.
Mindless and boundless, obscure and absurd.
All empathy lying ungraced, unemployed,
I live my life dying, unembraced, a void.


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More Visitor Comments (from the Voting form)

paige
wow you just told my story, i no how you feel , i love this peom keep it up
margaret
That about spells it out. Awesome poem!
Antonia
It's just brilliant
claire maree
my shrink really thinks somethings wrong wiht me because apparently, i shouldn't feel like your poem. still, that doesn't stop me from liking it.
Selene
Michael, even though you are no longer here with us, I really loved your poem and I know a lot of people miss you.
luz de la luna
wow. truely this is an amazing poem. thank you so much for sharing something so personal with other people. i am going through one of those situations youve expressed what i cant ever come close to expressing in anything i do or say. thank you truely from the bottom of my heart thank you
Maleah
I love this poem much thought and I feel what you were feeling I sent this to my boyfriend which have recently betrayed me thank you Michael
sushil
really 1st class
Colleen
Michael, you have told my story. Due to mental illness that I fight every day, I too am void of emotions. Your poem was very thought provoking. I loved it. Keep up the good work.
Cynthia
Michael ~ Many of your phrases describing your experience of chronic, deepening helplessness of depression eroding your self from within, of its own volition (helplessness again, leaving a void ~ nothingness, emotionless (apathy from 'learned helplessness'?) left NOT a Void but a resonating 'Reassurance'for one who has experienced the chronic 'dying alive' of one who remains "unconsoled" . "unembraced". The phrases you have created from "helplessness" speak POWERFULLY ~ putting the world on notice that its failure to notice speaks of 'their' failure, not yours, as I 'hear' your 'proclamation' 'I AM' echoing from "the Void". Blessings Always,Cynthia
Theresa
I could never explain how i really felt with having depression. Reading your poem was the first time that i felt someone understood what i am going through, and i thank you for that!
Freak With A Guitar
You are a really good writer and this is one of the best poems i have ever read! i loved your choice of words, and the whole time i wanted to read on and on! Keep writing
Ryan
WOAH cool poem! It really rocks and its amazing. Touching and meaningful. Rock on!
colleen
I love it. it is so awsome!
Heather
This poem was beautifully articulated and it touched me deeply. I felt myself holding back the tears because i realise that i'm a void as well and it brought me to tears. i love this poem i printed it and hung it on my wall. great job! ^. ^
Jessica
This poem is the best by far I have ever read on this site!
Rory
This poem is Great. I could not get past the fist two lines and i started to cry. TY Michael. God Bless you.
Kim
OMG i absolutely love love love this poem it is amazing every single line is so complicated yet simple there is so much there you have an AMAZING TALENT! wow the first time i read it i was dumbfounded and every time i read it i love it even more keep writing i wanna read more of your stuff it's really good muah
Megan
This poem was very sophisticated with the words you used. It was very detailed and it amazed me. Please Keep writing.
livin
I think this poem is awesome. Honestly it gave me the chills it painted a picture in my head well yeah good job!
Ciara
this poem was great i think that u should keep up the good work and dont stop writitng u found a away to get your fellings out and i know how it feels 2 loose a loved one but you got to keep your head up and this 2 shalll pass you cant give up u have to keep going dont feel like u cant go on because u can she/he is in a better place and will live forever in your heart--keep your head up
ilona
ey. dat was a rele gud poem . it made me think bout how hard it must be for ppl who have dem feelin's . n im sry u feel dat way n i hope u get threw ur pain and feel betta .
Meghan
wow, absolutely amazing. i was so awed by your talent and just the amazing ability you showed in the way you used the words. as a poem it is absolutely perfect in form. and i wish i couldn't, but i can relate to what you wrote. and i just want you to know that one of the only things i have pride about is my poetry, and i have several published in books. but as far as i am concerned, this poem that you wrote is far better than anything i am capable of. please use your talent. it is a gift. thank you so much for your poem.
Cody
i love the poem, first off lovely vocab. used in correct context and used to help flow, unlike many people who try to force larger words into there poetry to seem more intelligent, it's clear you simply have a way with words, also the way the poem wraps around to end with reason for the title, a nice touch. on top of all this though i can relate to the poem, so it helps me to love it all the more, cheers to us who live a "depression high" Fallen.
Mariah
speechless. purely speechless. this poem. just awsome. undesribable. great job keep it up!
Matthew
I thank you for the poem i feel it is like me alot cept a few things. its really depressing to know i'm not the only one. but keep up the good work.
Kim
Very well written. You've captured a state of existance alot of people never imagined. But for those who know it all too well, or those who have been left behind as a suicide survivor, it explains what could be going on inside someone's mind that is so hard to put into words.
marthyn
that was a nice long one and had some orsome scrptive words in it. this one is definetly a winner.
Elizabeth
I love this poem. It decribces me inside out!
kat
wow micheal. i think your poem was geat, some people just dont undertsand how we can feel, for a reason or another. i write poems very similar to yours and i think it was great. write more! good job!
Daniel
wow. really really really nice. can't make anything else of it.
sara
it's freakin awesome!
nick
i sit here and read the words, striking a uneasy pain thro me. a poem about nothing that means so much thank you
G
best poem i ever read. the words just jumped out of the page and hit me hard. your word choice really helped me feel every emotion of each stanza. all these feelings cant be explained, but are just a part of life. take care
Raven
Woah! This is. probably the best poem I've read on this whole site so far. Not that there aren't other really great poems. But this one is my faverout. It's perfect. Everything's been said
Casey
This is the type of poem i would write. it is very well said and very well written. lets just say i liked it alot. good job.
emily
that was amazing. i totally connected. ive been thru so much and i feel the same things u described.
EmiLy
I really liked this poems, it was great.
hannah
oh my god this was an amazing poem i was absolutely stunned it really describes the life i feel and live good going
chelsea
I just thought that your poem was amazing. and i thought id let you know that I used it as my "favorite poem" in our poetry poem in my english class=) Just thought that might make you feel special?!
Briana
Hey, I really loved your poem. It touched me. I just want to let you know what a great poet you are. I hope you continue to write more poems. Maybe you'll get them published one day.
Samantha
Wonderful and moving. Only people who have truly felt this way, can understand.
Eva
I felt like I was reading something i wrote. It was a very touching poem, it really made me feel like I wasn't completley alone with the way i feel. I appreciate the sharing of this beautiful masterpeice. I appreciate your thoughts being shared with me. You are truely an artist.
Liza
Whoa. This emplained me so much. I'm like bawling my eyes out. Thank you so much.
Tammy
This poem is incredible! It's absolutely beautiful and I think you are a very talented writer. Thank you for your poetry, I enjoyed reading it very much. It has touched me.
adrienne
this poem is very well written and shows lots of emotions
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