Don’t Step into the Darkness

Have you ever stepped into the darkness,
To the place that isn’t there,
To the place where all your worries are,
And everyone you care
Feels distant and unloving,
And a little out of reach,
Trapped behind a barrier,
You very barely breach.
The darkness is consuming,
And it’s not a happy place,
You want to leave,
You try to leave,
But in truth you cannot face,
The light shining on your problems,
For them to take centre stage,
And so you suffer silently,
In the corner of your cage.
If you step into the darkness,
It can be hard to step back out,
In fact it’s quite impossible
If you find yourself without,
A lifeline or a loved one,
Who can help you find the way,
To the light and hold your hand there,
Whilst the darkness fades to grey.
If you’ve not stepped into the darkness,
Please do try to stay away,
Cast about for lifelines
And look for another way.
It won’t make things feel better,
It just makes them feel worse.
It’s dark and cold and lonely,
And it feels like a curse.
Don't step into the darkness - a poem by Pooky

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17 Responses to Don’t Step into the Darkness

  1. The darkness we step into can be one of a number of things. Dark places in our minds can be destructive, a step into a new job contains its own kind of darkness, a step like what i’m doing into retirement certainly has its darkness as i think what the…am i going to do now…..darkness by its nature suggests a scary place, doubt and uncertainty, but we do step in because we want to change something about ourselves or our circumstances or if we just want to give ourselves a thrill!! Very thought provoking Pooky.

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  2. wbdeejay says:

    Yes.
    Sometimes wanting to get away from everything else, the perceived source of pain, so desperately – drives one to this place.

    And I’ve just written a piece referencing “my walled in, fortress, of solitude” with the same meaning as I interpret behind your poem!

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  3. Ally says:

    Wow I love the words everything just fits and it explains the feeling of depression or unhappyness and problems so amazing 🙂

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    • PookyH says:

      Thank you Ally – I’m always kind of sad when people can identify with these poems as I hate the thought that you’ve been there too, however, I seek solace in company and also think it’s important that we learn to talk about these things…

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  4. Robin Lacey says:

    It really is a curse! I think we all have those “black dog” days at times. It’s struggling out of them which feels like fighting upstream that is so hard!

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    • PookyH says:

      It’s so hard. Most things in life get easier with practice but I’m not sure this ever does? (though perhaps it gets a little easier to avoid impending darkness?)

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  5. Im out of the darkness thank goodness. Sometimes it becomes cnecessary to step into the deepest dark (rock bottom) in order to come back into the light. You write some powerful words x

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  6. Sometimes I don’t so much step into the darkness as stumble in. I think I’m part mushroom, I need my dark times to help nourish me. And yes, sometimes it can be tempting to stay, that’s why your words about ‘helping hands’ are so important.
    Another thoughtful, resonating poem, Pooky. You do them so well. x

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    • PookyH says:

      Thank you Tricia … I know what you mean… sometimes you were so busy focusing on other things that suddenly you’ve ended up there and you’re not quite sure how it happened but you can’t find your way out? Thankfully for me those moments are relatively rare and relatively short lived these days. Usually just one very desperate night where my world appears to fall apart but things look better by the morning…

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    • wbdeejay says:

      Thankyou for your description Tricia. I feel a connection with your expression of “nourish me”. While I wish it wasn’t so I am also understanding that is part of who I am at the moment. Something to accept rather than fight against. And acceptance brings a freedom that encourages growth for me.

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