Whirlpool of Sorrow

Whirlpool of Sorrow

A Chapter by Debbie Barry

Written at Basic Training, a teen angst poem of depression.


Whirlpool of Sorrow


July 5, 1987

Caught in a whirlpool
Of rising emotions,
Losing control,
I try to survive.

Caught in a maelstrom
Of rising conflictions,
Crying within,
I fight to survive.

Caught in a whirlwind
Of pain and confusion,
Hiding from pain,
I tried to survive.

Caught in a cyclone
Of 'membered afflictions,
Adding new stresses,
I pray to survive.

All the old feelings,
All the old hurtings,
By time intensified,
Make me lose control.

All the old crying,
All the new tears shed,
All of the dying
Goes on within me.

Crying and fighting,
Struggling for calm,
Seeking salvation,
I now look for aid.

For Basic Training.


© 2017 Debbie Barry

Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 18. Initial reactions appreciated.

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If only youths could realize that life gets better given time. The past can be left behind, though not forgotten, put in a safe place till the memories can be handled.

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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..