Admitted 730 days ago

Dedicated to Bob, who will always be remembered. Also dedicated to David for his love and support and to Lindsay, my daughter, my best friend, my joy, for being so strong.

Two years later it still comes to mind 
how I felt on that fateful day. 

People I knew were so very kind 
but no one knew how it would play. 

And now that day is gone for so long 
but memories stay and will last. 

I still think the doctors had it all wrong 
about why my dear husband passed.  

So now I have the support of my friend 
who also became my love 

My pain and sorrow will never end 
But I know he is watching from above.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Post a Day in May For Mental Health Awareness – Post #7 – Depression

It is so important to understand other people even if you don’t understand the problem or where it comes from.

My Loud Whispers of Hope


During my youth and before giving birth, I had mild dysthymia for years of my life, which is now called persistent depressive disorderaccording to the DSM-5. I also had postpartum depression after the birth of my first child and was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder. As the years progressed, I experienced suicidal depression.

The beauty in it all is that I survived and overcame it all and you can too. Recovery and wellness are possible. I am living proof.

Who is Affected by Depression?

  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 350 million people of all ages worldwide suffer from depression.
  • The NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) estimates that in the United States, 16 million adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2012. That’s 6.9 percent of the population.
  • Depression is a leading cause of disability. ~Jan 28, 2015
  • Depression is a major…

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Haibun Monday

Piet Mondrian. Broadway Boogie Woogie. 1942-43 | MoMA

Hosted by Kim at d’Verse Poets Pub:

Public school

Back in the seventies when plaid was the thing 
bright colors were typical, as were tans and browns 
The pants of children, both boys and girls 
Toys made by Playskool, Play-doh, and Fisher Price. 

Summer picnics, family and friends gather 
to celebrate the season of the summer and the holidays 
Birthday parties with moon-bounce houses 
Clowns come in plaid pants recovered from the seventies. 

Math classes, art classes, all grades 
Grids and maps, primary colors, color wheels 
Data entry, following patterns, coding 
Shapes, colors, directions, codes all in grade school until graduation. 

Enter public schools 
Children become teens then
Graduate high school.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry