“Too Blue” — A Depressing Poem about Depression

“Poetic Wednesday”

James Mercer Langston Hughes (1901-1967) is one of the most famous African American poets.

Having been disabled by a severe bout of depression, I somehow found this poem comforting – but then, I am weird. (As they say: “Neurotics build castles in the sky, psychotics move in, and psychiatrists charge rent.”)

           TOO BLUE

I got those sad old weary blues.
I don’t know where to turn.
I don’t know where to go.
Nobody cares about you
When you sink so low.

What shall I do?
What shall I say?
Shall I take a gun and
Put myself away?

I wonder if
One bullet would do?
Hard as my head is,
It would probably take two.

But I ain’t got
Neither bullet nor gun–
And I’m too blue
To look for one.

           –Langston Hughes

This is how my depression looks.

(See: http://www.londonedition.net)

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