Yellow leaves on the ground and a silhouette of a tree
Mental Health


Country of Origin: India

In the darkened room, where shadows silently creep, 

I sit alone, enveloped in solitude, as the night grows deep.

Though voices resonate, laughter fills the air,

Within the crowd, a piercing pain, a burden hard to bear.

A somber figure, draped in midnight’s cloak,

With eyes like distant stars, reflecting my sorrows.

It whispers in my ear, with chilling embrace,

But everything I heard was silence.

In this dim-lit chamber, it dances in the shadows, a solitary waltz.

Amidst the bustling crowd, where laughter’s waves crash,

It wraps me tightly, like an unwanted sash.

I yearn for someone, for a familiar touch,

Yet the shadows persist, a feeling that’s hard to clutch.

It gazes upon me, with eyes that hold such depth,

A reminder of the longing, within my soul’s breadth.

Its hand reaches out, in a gesture of despair,

Inviting me to share in its solemn, silent prayer.

But amidst the darkness, a flicker of light appears,

A glimmer of hope, dispelling the gloom and fears.

In its presence, I learn. I grow. I find strength.

As night turns into day, I rise from this darkness, slowly finding my way.

For I’ll seek the light, where true solace finds.

I emerge, unbroken and strong,

And find my home, where I truly belong.

Thank you to Hazel Koritzer and Apurva Makashir for their inspired edit on this piece and everyone else on the Mental Health team.

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Mehjabin Mohammed is a consultant psychologist by profession and author. With a deep understanding of the human mind, she has dedicated her career to helping individuals navigate their inner worlds. Alongside her profession, she has also ventured into the realm of literature. Her book, 'Tangerine Twilights,' published by Bookleaf Publishing, is a tiny collection of poems that explores the intricacies of emotions and the beauty of the human experience. Through her writing, she artfully weaves words to touch hearts and provoke introspection, leaving an indelible mark on readers. Link to author’s work: https://amzn.eu/d/8eBGqtk Link to website/ LI profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mehjabin-mohammed-201999186 (linked in author's name above)

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