Listen Carefully

you didn’t listen when she cried as there were bumps in the night

you didn’t listen when she saw a witch in the wood

you didn’t listen when she did her best in class

you didn’t listen when she failed

you didn’t listen to her sobbing when she didn’t make the team

you didn’t listen when she told you she was sad

you didn’t listen when they selected someone better

you didn’t listen when she said that he wasn’t as friendly as he seemed

you didn’t listen to her desperate pleas for help

you didn’t listen when she said that she was lonely

you didn’t listen when she said she was afraid to turn out the lights

you didn’t listen as she cried night after night

you didn’t listen when she finally gave up

you didn’t listen when she put the gun between her lips

you just shook your head and said, she always seemed so happy, she never said a thing

you just heard what you wanted to hear


tara caribou | ©2019

19 thoughts on “Listen Carefully

  1. This is such a meaningful piece , as someone who has and is still dealing with depression, it hits home , it is very much a case of people only hear what they want to, and comments like it can’t be that bad or cheer up it’ll all work out , shows how little people understand the mechanics of depression.

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  2. It’s such a sad scenario. We all need to be still and be in tune with our loved ones. If we are, we can pick up on underlying things. Not always, but being mindful can help us to feel when things are not what they seem. Beautiful post. Sad but true.

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  3. This is very powerful. It shows how easy it is to let someone slip between your fingers. People don’t want to deal with the depression of others… they want to brush it under a rug and pretend it doesn’t exist, until it is too late. People don’t want their parades pissed on by the mental torment of another and that is fucking sad. This seems like it should be a poem for a suicide and depression awareness campaign. Great job, Tara.

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    1. Thanks Empress. I agree. Seems we’ve been trained to only express or acknowledge the good times and sweep the hard moments away. I don’t believe a person should purposefully stay in the darkness but that doesn’t mean we don’t recognize it and reach out to those hurting. The best thing to do is to just sit with someone and say, you are cared for.

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  4. Tara, this is abrokenbird , My website has changed and my Laptop had to as well.
    But this post …. the emptiness left at the end …. I have been there

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