Standing On A Ledge

Premium Photo | A painting of a woman standing on a ledge with a city in the background.

I stand here once again

My mind barely sane

I always find myself at this ledge

And each time I pledge

To never come back

But life sometimes gets off track

A part of me wants to jump off it

And the other part wants me to hit

The reset button life and start over

As I stand here and hover

Contemplating my life

My heart feeling like it’s been stabbed by a knife

The sun begins to shine once more

I jump off the ledge and begin to soar

I’m finally free

I can finally be me

I can finally be happy

About The Poem:

“Standing On A Ledge” was inspired by some inner work I have been doing recently. I’ve talked about this on earlier posts, but currently my therapist and I are working on healing old wounds and reconnecting with my inner child. As someone who has depression, I do have depressive episodes and those can feel like standing on a ledge.

However, over time I have learnt to get better at handling them. Even if it does feel like standing on the ledge, I’ve realise that jumping of walking back aren’t always the two options. As we heal our old wounds, we begin to free our heart and mind. The anger and hurt that we spend so much time and energy holding on to begins to subside. Am I ever going to be perfect? No. But I can still be the best version of me that I can be. And that’s what I’m working towards right now.

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111 responses to “Standing On A Ledge”

  1. Finally… finally. Nicely written 💜

    1. Wow. You are really good at articulating difficult and complex emotions and making them poetic! That picture is gorgeous too!

      1. Thank you so much and I love the image too!

    2. Thank you so much 😊

  2. Beautifully written lines, pooja! Excellent 👍👍👍👍

    1. Thank you so much! 😊

      1. My pleasure! Girl. Stay healthy. Stay happy😊🙏🙏

        1. You too 🥰

  3. Wonderful words, Pooja. Be well. 🥰

    1. Thank you so much 😊❤️

      1. You’re welcome! 🥰

  4. Beautiful as always.

    1. Thanks so much.

  5. Instead of being dark and negative, this poem is inspiring and uplifting.
    You’re doing so well by resolving past issues so that you can live in today without extra burdens. Bravo my friend

    1. Thanks so much, really appreciate your kind words.

      1. You’re most welcome 🙏🏼

  6. Samuel Marchand Avatar
    Samuel Marchand

    Beautifully written and full of emotion! I love this poem! It captures how we can cycle so much and seem to on a one way journey down but then the unexpected happens and the sun breaks through! 🌧🌦🌞❤️🙏

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, life often throws something new our way when we least expect it 😊

  7. Samuel Marchand Avatar
    Samuel Marchand

    I love this poem! It’s beautifully written and full of emotion. I captures how life can be so cyclical and just when we seem to be on a one way journey down the sun can break through, so never give up, have faith and love life! 🌧🌦🌤🌞❤️🙏

  8. I had therapy today. I am glad for the work you are doing on you.

    1. Thank you so much. Hope your therapy went well too.

  9. You are a talented poet

    1. Thanks so much.

  10. Samuel Marchand Avatar
    Samuel Marchand

    What a very beautiful poem, full of vibrancy and emotion!!! It reminds us to never give up our faith in life. That just in our darkest hour when it might seem like a one way journey down, the sun can break through!

  11. Samuel Marchand Avatar
    Samuel Marchand

    Oops, sorry for the repeat comments! The comment system seemed to not be working for me so I kept trying but I guess it was just delayed. I’ll wait a bit next time if this happens again.

    1. So beautifully written and full of emotion! Thank you for sharing this poem with us, Pooja! ❤️

      1. Thank you so much! 😊

    2. No problem, WP is having issues these days!

  12. Sounds like you’ve been doing a lot of work I’m glad to know it’s paying off for you.

    1. Thanks so much. It’s been tough but it’s also very worth it.

  13. I always think of book 6 of the Narnia chronicles: The Silver Chair.
    Aslan’s breath blows them off the ledge at the start and carries them to Narnia.
    Hope you are ok. Thanks too, for your support from the start

    1. Wow, that’s really interesting. I’ve never read the Narnia chronicles although I’ve heard a lot about them. I am and thank you as well.

  14. Very nice poem. It’s the kind of poem that make you think about things that need to be let go of so one can be free mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. All of us who struggle with depression can relate to this poem. Beautiful art work.

    1. Thanks so much. Yes, it’s all about letting go and healing.

      1. I have always been able to understand poetry. I haven’t written any lately, but I plan to when I have time.

        1. I would love to read your poetry when you are able to share it.

          1. I just shared one on my site, but I linked it to this one so, you can click on the link I just posted to visit my poetry site. It’s called Love Cascade.

            1. Oh wonderful, I’ll check it out.

                1. My pleasure.

          2. It’s titled Loves Cascade

  15. it sure is a wow poem, Pooja… more so for the meaning behind it…. hugs your way 🤗🤍

    1. Thanks so much, so glad to hear that 🤗

      1. 🤍🤗🌹

  16. I really like this style 😍

    1. Thank you 😊

  17. Nice

  18. It’s a good poem, good imagery. When I think about these things, I ask myself, Will I ever be normal? The answer is no. I will never be perfect either but sometimes it helps to be standing on the ledge, because you’ve got learn so much about yourself, it’s always fascinating

    1. That’s an interesting way to look at it. I don’t think any of us are “perfect” or “normal” and I agree standing on the ledge helps us figure out who we truly are.

  19. I think we’re standing on that ledge sometimes. Nice one Pooj.

    1. True, we all have those moments. Will definitely check out the video!

  20. Well imagination! potrayed!

    1. Thank you so much!

  21. Thoughtfully expressed PoojaG. The topic demanded it, and you discussed the issue with an honesty and subtlety of someone who is truly deconstructing. Thanks for sharing..and lovely poetry my friend. 💙🙏

    1. Thank you so much. I’m so glad you enjoyed it 😊

  22. I wish you all the best in your journey of healing and finding happiness.

    1. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.

  23. I understand how you are feeling. I’ve always hated when people tell me to just cheer up. It doesn’t work that way. I’m glad your seeing someone. Keep at it.

    1. I agree, people can’t just “feel better” because you tell them to. It takes a lot of work to get to a better place. Thanks so much.

  24. hole in the sky
    never ask why
    bird of prey
    soars eastern brae
    looks to kill
    the thirll
    of the wind
    and the sight
    of the western valley below

    1. Well written!

      1. it was a red hawk too.

  25. Beautifully written!
    I absolutely love it. 💕

    1. Thank you so much! 😊

      1. You’re welcome 😊

  26. Glad you are moving forward and finding something that works for you.

    1. Thanks so much, I’m really happy to finally be healing.

  27. Really feeling this. Love the metaphor of standing on the edge, so appropriate. We learn so much about ourselves from going through these experiences. We’re wiser and stronger and more compassionate as a result. But scarred.

    1. Thanks so much. Absolutely agree, we’re scarred but no longer with open wounds.

  28. Delving into oneself beautifully expressed, Pooja. Energy spent on being happy is wise and helps overcome life’s challenges. Lovely and heartfelt piece. 💖

    1. Thank you so much. I very much agree, the energy we put into healing is always a win for us.

      1. My pleasure, Pooja.

    1. Thanks so much.

  29. well written poem., sometimes we all need to jump the ledge to be happy, to grow and heal. we must heal in order to be a better version of ourselves. Which is relatable, one step at a time and you’ll get there

    1. I absolutely agree, we all find ourselves on the ledge sometimes. Thanks so much.

  30. Cheers to soaring high! Beautiful words and a beautiful message!

    1. Thank you so much!

  31. I like the idea that jumping is not to the end but soaring away from the “chains” and “limits” you have placed on yourself. Good poem!

    1. Thanks so much!

  32. Wow! Yes, healing is quite difficult as it requires facing the shadows instead of running from them, but then we discover that the past doesn’t have to control us, bind us or dictate our future, and that is incredibly freeing! Kudos for doing the work!

    1. Yes, it’s tough to come headfirst with our wounds but it’s best. Thanks!

  33. Beautiful.

    1. Thanks so much.

  34. Hit that reset button as often as you need too! Noone is counting but you, we are hitting it too. HUgs to you my friend.

    1. Thanks so much! Hugs!

      1. You’re welcome!

  35. depression hard to share….and the older we get…there’s a line from a song I heard a lot…..”I can recall a time
    When I wasn’t ashamed to reach out
    To a friend
    Now I think I’ve got
    A lot more than just my toys to lend

    1. Depression is tough and it gets harder as we get older.

  36. Open and honest poem and testament to doing the work and healing over time. lovely Pooja💞

    1. Thank you so much 😊

      1. You’re very welcome -:)

  37. We both took a WordPress break at roughly the same time, I was just a few days behind. 😬 I didn’t intend to take a break, actually, I just forgot that blogging was a thing. I also stopped getting WP notifications on my phone for some reason, which is usually the only way I remember to write or read other people’s blogs. One of these days I’ll set up a landing page in my browser. Maybe right now.

    1. Lol WP acts weird sometimes. Yeah I noticed you’ve been missing but I assumed you’ve been busy. We’re both back now I guess 😅

  38. This piece was very complex and beautiful. I too struggle with depression and some days are better than others. Interesting how it is all unique and though we may not see it at the time but it hold some beauty.

    1. Thanks so much. Depression is difficult especially when going through depressive episodes. But when we come out of it we learn better.

  39. Beautiful poem of struggling and healing, Pooja. Hugs 🌻

    1. Thank you so much. Also a heads-up the next post I’ll be publishing is a review of your book 😊

      1. You’re welcome, and thanks, Pooja! I appreciate that and can’t wait to read your thoughts. ❤️

  40. Lovely poem, and hope your mental health improves 🙂

    1. Thanks, slowly but surely it’s improving 😊

      1. Glad to hear it ! 🙂

  41. Beautiful! ❤️

    1. Thank you! 💕

  42. It’s interesting how for your depression you said it feels like standing on a ledge. For me it has felt like I am stuck in a deep dark hole trying to climb out but can’t. Although I don’t feel that bad as often anymore which is good. So, as similar and different as people are, even with depression, people experience it in a similar and different way.

    1. That’s very interesting. Yes, I think even when you’re diagnosed with the same illness it can look and feel very different for different people.

      1. Yes, for sure. That’s also why it is nice to know people who deal with similar issues. When you know someone, they will usually be there to show you support.

        1. True, they know the importance of being there for someone.

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