I Suffer From…

Today I have something for one-liner Wednesday and a free-verse poem, inspired by FOWC: Ingrate, to go with it. A couple of weeks ago, I found this one-liner online somewhere, probably on Instagram:

“I suffer from mental illness. I also suffer from people who don’t understand mental illness.”

I am not a hypocrite for being a Christian and having depression.
So it’s not helpful to command me, “Rejoice.”
I am not an ingrate for not always wanting to live,
So stop telling me to make a gratitude list.
(Not that it’s any of your business,
But sometimes at night I fall asleep
Thanking God for what he’s given me —
Often by the end of the day
Glad to have chosen to stay.)

One-Liner Wednesday: True Friendship

Many thanks to Linda G. Hill for the one-liner Wednesday and other prompts each week!

“No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.”
— Robert Southey

I have been reading a cute little book containing quotations and short poems about friendship, and this was one of my favorite lines in the whole book. How blessed is anyone who has a friend like that! I have at least one.

A Safe Place

A poem about dreams for DVerse Poetics. Thanks to Lillian for the prompt! Please follow the link to read other great and dreamy poems. I’m also posting to JusJoJan day 29. The last stanza can be my one-liner. 🙂 

You’re back in high school.

It completely slipped your mind

That it’s exam time.

But the teacher doesn’t mind

If you fly out the window.


There’s a tsunami warning.

You can see the humongous wave coming

And you cannot hide.

But when it hits you remember

You can breathe underwater.


Dreams are a safe place,

Where illusory fear fades.


Hope’s Secret

This short poem is for DVerse Poetics, where we are writing about secrets. I am also linking to One-liner Wednesday.

Who knows why suffering exists?

Some is open, some is kept secret.

Some believe in future redemption,

But even they will admit:

Only God knows the details

And timing, and He keeps it secret.


And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

– Romans 8:28 (KJV)