September 26-29, 2019


when they ask “How are you?”

but youre convinced no one cares

how can you say anything but


“Im okay”


the larger more honest answer

is ignored, it clamours for escape

from a mind that can see none



Paraphrased from a Friend's Facebook Post


"Are you okay?"


No, I'm not okay, I'm not okay at all. I'm depressed and I feel like I'm worthless, like no one cares about me nor has a reason to care about me. I need to tell someone about it. I need someone to care, to tell me it's going to be okay, to help me to be okay. I want to tell someone all about it. But I’m worried that if I tell you, you won't care. That if I tell you you’ll just say it’s all in my head.


"I'm fine, thanks."


A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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