When Sadness Has My Soul Distraught

When sadness has my soul distraught
And twists my weary, weary bones,
And owns my bright blue days with gray
   And manifests with moans:

I will not shrink, nor I repine,
Beneath the anguish running deep;
Nor sleep will I through all the day,
   Nor endless will I weep …

For though the pain and woe are real,
I know that inly I am strong,—
Let throngs of troubles trouble me,
   They cannot quench my song.

About this poem

Dedicating this to anyone who might be suffering from depression or sorrow—with a prayer for resiliency and healing.

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Submitted by Vixility on January 21, 2024

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 413
Words 86
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4

John W. May

John W. May has lived in Colorado all his life. He currently works in the field of ophthalmology and loves to mountain bike and read about history. John first became a lover of poetry in 2008 after having read a poem by John Milton. He has been reading and studying the works of various poets since. His favorite poets are Emily Dickinson, Fyodor Tyutchev and W. B. Yeats. more…

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  • nfowke
    I meant to comment when you first posted this, as ever wonderfully written and evocative. The theme of your poem and your finally line 'They cannot quench my song' has promted me to post the words of a song that I wrote called 'Silence The Accuser'. I wrote this as a testomony, of being completely healed of depression. See my page for more. 
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • adam.gutteridge
    I really love this poem John. “And owns my bright blue days with gray” resonates with me and the way I have felt in the past.
    I love the defiance running through the poem and the unwillingness to lie down when challenged by sadness and troubles.
    Truly inspiring writing my friend. This one really hit home! 
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • jennybabygirl6982
    Love this Poem, "When sadness has my soul distraught", surely many ppl can relate to the true meaning of. I can. Thanks for sharing your work. God bless.
    LikeReply 12 months ago
    • Vixility
      I was hoping that this would be the case. Thank you so much for stopping by …
      LikeReply2 months ago
  • KhalilAmir
    This is a really good piece. It helped me a lot in the moment. Thanks
    LikeReply 12 months ago
    • Vixility
      So happy you enjoyed the poem, and I can more happy that it helped you in the moment. Thank you for stopping by.
      LikeReply2 months ago
  • hayleigh_l
    This is amazing!
    LikeReply 12 months ago
  • lorlor
    This is AMAZING :D
    LikeReply 12 months ago
  • Deeplawati123
    Exquisite! Please share mine too
    LikeReply 12 months ago
  • luisestable1
    A poem of facing adversity with courage which is easy said than done.
    The rhyme-scheme is carried out well. The diction is simple but poetic.
    Good read!
    LikeReply 12 months ago
    • Vixility
      Reminds me of the quote (paraphrased): they know not their own strenge who have not suffered adversity.

      Thanks for stopping by and for the analysis …
      LikeReply2 months ago
  • Symmetry60
    Perfect poetry for the topic. So many, too many, suffer the disabling fallout from this horrible affliction. I've written numerous pieces on it myself. It's clear you read many styles of poetry by how brilliantly you construct these pieces. It inspires me to write. Great work, Sir, as always. 
    LikeReply 12 months ago
    • Vixility
      Though I love reading the creative output, it pains me how the overwhelming majority of these poem I read through are riddled with pain, despair and hopelessness.
      My only consolation (and I often ask those who write them) is that there is a healing element that accompanies the creative process of writing about it.
      You flatter me, Steven!! Lol … thanks for checking this piece out and commenting. 
      LikeReply 12 months ago
    • nfowke
      Yes too many suffer from the disabling fallout of this horribe affliction ... but I am living proof that it is possible to be free. See my post ... 'Silence The Accuser'
      LikeReply1 month ago
  • npirandy
    Had you pondered weak and weary prior to composition? Thus a very melodic remedy to a " keep yer chin up".
    Nice job John!
    LikeReply 12 months ago
    • Vixility
      Hahaha … I love the Poe reference. Definitely a keep your chin up poem. Thank you for the support and stopping by.
      LikeReply2 months ago


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