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I Hate the Days | Poem

A poem about feeling broken inside because of depression.
A sad man sitting against a wall holding his hands over his face.
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I hate the days I feel broken
Like someone pulled my plug
A shattered vase, faded flowers
A wine stain on the rug

I hate the days when life’s too hard
The burdens hold me down
Tattered baggage, forgotten dreams
A sea so vast I drown

I hate the days when sadness comes
When smiles refuse to show
The stars go out, the blackest void
Pain only I can know

I hate the days when nothing’s right
Each choice points straight to hell
I fight, I scratch, I swim upstream
Knowing this won’t end well

I hate the days I can’t snap out
Depression holds me tight
With rusty chains of past mistakes
And lies retold for spite

I hate the days when power fails
My batt’ry just won’t charge
To bathe, to dress is all too much
Each task to do too large

I hate the days with no warning
A slap against my head
Flip the switch, toggle on to off
The voices scream in dread

I hate the days all hope seems lost
When sunlight has no shine
It matters not what path comes next
Fresh start or box of pine

I hate the days that come too soon
A dam to stop the flow
The illness chooses when it’s time
Hold still or just let go

Written September 7, 2023 by Scott Ninneman

NOTE: Watch the video version below and hear the poet read the poem.


Depression can set in anytime — with or without cause. Every time it comes, it’s just as hard, but it always ends. 

If you’re struggling today, own your feelings. Scream out your frustration and list the things you hate. Tomorrow is another day, and hopefully you’ll wake up ready to feel the sun again.

Until next time, keep fighting.


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Video version – read by author.
Depression hits hard and is unfair. You can't help but hate it. This poem is by a writer with bipolar disorder and tells how he feels inside.

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12 Comments

  1. Thank you for putting this into words. I feel like I can relate to so much of it. I hope things have turned a corner for you. All the best in your wellness journey.

  2. Sorry you are sick, Scott! I find being physically ill is so hard if you are mentally ill because you have the daily battle with your mind to deal with along with a sick body. Somewhere I saw you have a lot of physical issues, too. I am so sorry. I find my frequent migraines make things hard. And there are also medication side effects to deal with which doctors don’t know about and I only find out after researching the Internet.
    I signed up and made a small contribution to the positivity club but am a little confused as to what is coming, a Sunday newsletter too.

    Please feel better. And many thanks for all.

    1. Migraines are tough. I used to get them a lot but only 3-4 per year now.

      Thank you for signing up for the 30 Days course. And thank you for the contribution! I know you’ll love it. Reach out if you have any questions.

  3. Hi, I’m Bipolar, too. I posted recently. Check it out. I am have been having lots of hard days lately. I am sick of having “normal” friends. Recently a good friend, I thought, who has survived cancer 5 times told me to “get over myself” when I told her that I was having a hard time and was Bipolar. She said, ” Get over yourself. You ain’t special. Everybody has their shit.” Like a fool, I just sort of laughed it off. But I want to ask if she would say “Get over yourself to someone in a wheelchair?” Handicapped is handicapped. Neurotypicals haven’t a clue. The meds make me sick in hot weather. I shouldn’t be burdening you with this. Resentment hurts the person who resents. I am so angry.

      1. Thank you so much. Thank you. I have much to be grateful for but she is not one of the things. I just wrote a post after a manic episode on StockdaleWolfe.com on being Bipolar. I would love for you to read it. I hope you are having a better day than when you wrote your post. Thank you for validating me. Being friends with neurotypicals doesn’t work. I owe you one for listening. Thank you!! ❣️

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