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This Poem is about loneliness, about suicide. There's no way to describe it, really. It speaks for itself.

Just a Little Longer

Desolation,
Wide open space,
Between the trees and me,
Emptiness and me,
Confusion and decisions,
Feelings hard to define,
And I say to myself,
Just a little longer,

Coldness seeps
Its way in,
I am falling deeper,
Into what I fear most,
As I reach out,
There is nothing there,
As possible there was something once,
Only to be gone,
And I say to myself,
Just a little longer,

The sun drops,
The last inch of light falls,
The squirrels more likely to be huddled up,
But not me,
Something I never possessed,
And I say to myself,
Just a little longer,

Then the sun has gone,
Darkness spreads its wings over me,
I see nothing so no one sees me,
Feeling of bitterness only,
And I say to myself,
Just a little longer,

An Owl peers down,
With question in her eyes,
She doesn't have a hope,
In helping me,
As she doesn't see my pain,
Spreads her wings,
Passes me by,
And I say to myself,
Just a little longer,

The soft earth,
Seems the only thing holding me up,
Even then I could slip,
And wondering takes me,
To why and how I got here,
Without even knowing it,
Yet no one notices,
As they didn't see before,
So I say to myself,
Just a little longer,

Shimmering in the darkness,
I see two moons,
Reflecting off a stream of thoughts,
Ongoing forever more,
Along a rocky road,
Slowly giving in to finding a way out,
I take the plunge under the river,
Then the wind carries a whisper,
Gently on a breeze,
'Just a little longer.'
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79 Visitor Comments

haseena
hey ur poem is great. It realy does expres all the feelings of a person who is fedup of life and some were deep inside of ure heart you think just a little longer
Emma
wow this poem really touched me right down to my soul! you are a very very talented writer! i have had depression for 4 yrs now and im 16! it reminds me of what my brother Chris used to say "just stick at it cos sooner or later it will get better!" i finally feel as if my life is getting back on track! anyway thanks for the poem its really great!
Adrienne
I like the expression. if I had to choose how I trully felt on the inside. this would be me!. keep up the magnificent work!
Dianne
I really feel for this person that wrote that poem.
Poem Lover
WOW. This poem is amazing. I have had the feeling of to just be vainished from this world and be gone from the time since I remembered I was somebody alive in this dark world. But I always waited telling myself just a little longer. Sometimes I say to myself thats just a little too long. When I read your poem I know why I waited so long. Its like I am waiting for something to come a big change in my life, but I dont see any sign of it yet. I am just waiting for a miracle to happen.
Eve
i remember reading this about a year ago when i was soo depressed and i loved it. till now it still touches me like am on familiar grounds. :( I LOVE this POEM!
Shayla
This poem speaks to me. It reminds me of my downfall and my little setbacks from time to time.
Megan
wow! ur poem was great! i tell that to myself everyday if i can just make it through today i might be ok! lately i can't sleep and suicide is always on my mind but no one knows i have tons of friends but they wouldn't understand so i pretend to be happy around them but i have a bad family life and lately i have no hope it is nice to know i am not the only one i just don;t know how long i can go on like this! well ok i loved ur poem!
Cindy
Wow this poem was great. It seems so real, I feel like this is what I am feeling. You were able to say the things that were real and the things that you felt, it takes guts to say that things are bad, but never give up hope. I find myself struggling the way you are describing in this poem.
paige
this poem relate to me in alot of ways thanks it touchs my heart too
jade
this sould rank number one.
jerrica
wow! this poem is so amazing. it touched me in so many ways its hard to explain. thank you for writing this.
Aseel
it's a great poem i really liked it keep on gurl. but i wanna add smthn if we ppl get more closer to God he is the one that can help us n make us happier than ever we just need to pray n think of him all the time not only when we got troubles
Cassandra
I loved it. It really touch me. It made me cry.
Jennifer
I tried to commit suicide several times since july of last year. i am only 15. i started cutting a little after my 15 bday in july and got in a lot of drugs. im lucky i am still alive today. i appreciate life today as it is.
Someya
WOW, I RLY LOVE YOUR POEM ITS AWSOME AND I WANT TO CRY WHEN I READ IT. I'M 13 NOW AND ALL I THINK ABOUT IS KILLING MYSELF ESPECIALLY WHEN MY MOM,AND MOVED TO TEXAS SHE LEFT ME AND MY OLDER BRO IN W. V. MY BESTFRIEND KILLED HER SELF LAST MONTH AND ITS RLY HARD TO GET OVER HER NOT BEING HERE AND I RELIZED THAT I WOULD SHE COULD HAVE HELD ON JUST A LITTLE LONGER. UR POEM WAS AND IS GREAT KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
Denise
your poem is rele good it inspired me and i sent it to my friend who has tried committing suiced alot of times. Thanx. i think sum day u will b a rele good writer
lara
wow!that is one of the best poems i've ever read. and im honest if i dont like it i will tell you strait out. though yours has to top my book. it rocks keep writing!
kirti
its really touching. u can feel dat depth. that emptyness. u wanna give up but a small inner voice say just a little more. at times i want to finish off everything but the poem speaks up for me
Ellen
i love this poem because it touches my heart and its quiet smoothly written.
Destiny
omg that was so touching i can kinda relate to that but it was good always remember that you have a reason on this earth and so do i so just remember that.
caitlin
this poem really touched my heart. As i am tougth time at skool and home wid friends your poem touched me a lot thankyou
Amanda
I know exaclly how it feels to be alone. 3 years ago my 7 year old brother was killed in a car wreak, so i was left with my mom and my sister. wellabout 2 years after the death of my brother my sister got pregnate and moved to Colorado with her husband, and while she was gone i got ALL of the attition. Now her and her husband are getting a divorce and she is back here and my mom babys her more than she EVER thought about babyin me. i mean its like i dont even exsist! i nevr thought i would say this but i hate my sister and i want her to go back to Colorado so i can have my mom back, and be spoild. my sister is not the same and my mom knows that when she was in colorad she got on drugz really bad and yet she still acts like the world revolves around her.
Heather
IT'S REALLY AMAZING HOW SO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD HAVE THE SAME FEELINGS OF BEING LOST IN THE WORLD, ALONE. I HAVE TRIED TO KILL MYSELF. I HAVE REALIZED FOR ONCE I MUST OF DONE SOMETHING RIGHT BECAUSE I'M STILL HERE. BUT THE FEELING OF BEING HURT, LOST AND ALONE DON'T SEEM TO GO AWAY. I AM 20 YEARS OLD AND I HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH DEPRESSION SINCE I WAS 9 YEARS OLD. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WRITING THIS POEM BECAUSE IT NOT ONLY STANDS FOR THE ONE WHO WROTE IT BUT SO MANY MORE PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD. GREAT POEM.
georgui
lovly
rachel
This poem was wicked cool. I have some poems like that. But yours is awesome.
melissa
This poem is so touching it decribes my old life.
Chris
This poem is amazing. In my own times of despair and my incredible lack of patience I've often said "just a little longer" as a way to pull through. The best I've seen on this page. Keep writing, and when things get to their worst. remember, wait "just a little longer". Thanks for sharing your voice.
alannah
This poem is a good way to let out your feelings im only 14 and write poems all the time but no one ever reads them.
Lindsey
this poem is amazing. i actually began to cry as i read it.
leha
this poem really relates to me alot
robert
it good i like it
Angelus
When i was 13 i tried to commit suicide and then again at 15, my life was tuff with so many problems all at once the saying "it never rains, it pours" came to mind. After these 2 failed attempts i kept fighting the urge to end it, i told my self, just a little longer! So when i read this poem i cried,silent tears, a emotion i am so use to feeling, and now i realise i am not alone, i have ME,MYSELF,AND I. it got me through the darkest times! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
heather
i was touched. it reminded me of my friend who killed her self.
steph
this is such a great poem. it touched me. anytime a poem brings tears to my eyes, its great!
andrew
this is great, it reminds me of myself and hold i should hold on a little bit longer, just to see what is there for me, Thanks for such a great poem
Brittany
Very beautiful. I loved every word of it. Great ending!
Sandra
This poem is really kool, and this is how i really feel :(
Red
I love your poem. It expresses life so well. My friends friend just commited suicide and I think she could really use this poem so I'm sending it to her.
Margaret
I am deeply moved by this poem. When I read it I could see myself in the poem. Almost like a reflection. Life can be so hard, it is nice to try and hold on a little longer. Like when you are 13 and saying to yourself, just a little longer and I can drive, when you are 16, just a little longer and I can graduate and get out of my house. It is just nice to know you have somehting to look forward to and hold on to it so you don't loose hope and do something you will regret. Like me, I tried running away from my problems.
Maria
i have nothing to say its buttful .
LoNeLy OnE
I Think this poem is great but then again sad at the same time. i can really relate to this poem because i feel no one understands me not even my parents,i feel depressed and lonely
kyleigh
i really love this poem it means alot to me
Sarah
Maria, your a brilliant poet and this is a brilliant poem. Please please please keep posting your work on to this site. One of the few things that keep's me alive at the moment is knowing other people are going through what im going through right now. Thank you Sarah age 13
Jennifer
Not everyone has had feelings like this, but for those of us who have, you have put it all into words. Thank you for sharing them with us.
Michelle
Just a really good poem!
Randy
At first life was fine, then my father joined the military, he was constantly leaving for T. D. Y's. He was never around, whe I needed him. Then life got a little harder. With school, now the stress was not so bad, but stress is actually like X-Rays, A little here and there can't hurt you, It's the cumulative affect of to much that does. Now life is so hard that I cry myself to sleep. but seeing as how you have actually tried to commit suicide I realize that there are other people in the world with the same or more amount of stress to deal with. This chilled me to the bone.
missy
I thought this poem was awesome. You expressed my feelings perfectly.
al
I love this poem, it is my favorite. it really describes me and what i feel. i need to hold on "just a little longer" thank you for writing this poem, everytime i read it, it brings tears to my eys. clearly beautiful.
Alejandra
I like this poem becuase it is strong, and it expresses some of my feelings. I like how it is written. :) It cool..
Kelly
this poem discribes.. everything.. "just a little longer" not giving up.. i wish my boyfriend wouldn't give up, jus like she.
Ashley
Hey this is exactily how i feel sometimes. this really kept me thinking. this is a really good peom.
Josh
I wish I was as talented as most people but I was NEVER good at anything. The poem was a good poem I have been searching a long time for people who feel like I do who would have thought I would find them online
Joy
This is a great poem it you had to put your heart into this my self i love to read poems and write them this is how i get all my thoughts and feelings out this is a way for me to escape
Sam
hey this is awsome , kind of the way i feel right now this really hit home
Gina
That was one of the BEST poems i have read.. my eyes are watry you have a great talent that i wish i could have
Courtney
Wow! that poem was terrific! it meant so much to me! keep on writing Maria!
Jon
right on!
Daniel
I have been dealing with suicide for the longest time. And your poem basically summarizes why I have been staying alive for just a little longer. Thanks for your talent. And thanks for writing this poem.
sue
maria thank you. i really enjoyed your words and admire your strength in always being able to wait "just a little longer". i often feel this way myself and was starting to feel like i was alone.
Clark
amazing, this poem puts into words the fears of my soul
Minh
a hopeless heart is filled with a sence of knowing as depression cries its mourning song.
matt
That was really deep. I loved it and i almost started balling while reading it. thanx for the experience!
Jennifer
This was deep. I can honestly say I know how that feels. I write poetry because the words flow from my mouth like it's nothing weak. The feelings are real. The thoughts are real, but when you look for help. The friends aren't there. Your not alone.
Samantha
This is a very good poem as all the words pass by i felt my life so like this poem it has so much meaning and life to the words i felt a part with the words used .maria byrne i love your poem and you should write more you have a gift good luck
Katelynn
Wow! This was a well written poem and you expressed so many feelings too. It touched me in so many ways. Thanks for writing a great poem for us all!
Melissa
feels exacly how i feel and it's good to know that someone can put that feeling into words
Petrina
I can't stop shimmering! It's a really nice poem..it touches my heart...
rebecca
its really expressive
Tracy
This is a really great poem. It was well Written.
Alecks
This poem touched me in ways I have never felt. For once I got too know that "it's not just me!" I guess I'm not alone in this world afterall.
Sahily
Impressive and very beautiful
Jymmi
Good poem!
Karleen
Beautiful, it gave me chills!
Joseph
this poem magnifies the dark heart of depression. it sins of melancholia and hopelessness this poem is symbolic of the endless tears we cry during that overwhelming low
Madison
Beautiful....Would of made me cry if I would of allowed it to. But I relate so much tears don't even count anymore.
Leah
This is a very meaningful poem.
jigga
ypur poem is great i also injoy writting poems
KYle
wow, this poem was very touching and moving. Its like you wrote it about me.

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