Highly Commended Poem - School Years 7-10


Autumn Poetry Competition 2019

Highly Commended Poem for School Years 7-10

Lois Ana Lemmon for 'My Friend's Depression'

I know these words won’t help,

To take away your pain.

But know I’m here for you.

When you feel like you’re not wanted,

I want you.

I’m here for you.


When others stare, criticise, or judge,

I won’t.

I’m here for you.

When it’s 3am and you don’t want to be a burden to anyone,

Call me.

I’m here for you.


If it seems so gloomy and the walls are closing in,

I’ll be your guardian angel and guide you.

I’m here for you.

When you feel like no one understands,

I do.

And I’m here for you.


When you can’t think of anything good about yourself,

I have a long list of reasons why you should.

And it’s right here for you.

When you think you have no reason to go on,

I’ll be your reason.

I want to be here for you.


When you are concerned for no reason,

You don’t need to give me a reason

And I’ll be here for you.

When you don’t want a lecture or guidance,

And you just need someone to sit with

I’ll sit with you.


When you feel like you have failed,

Always know you haven’t,

Now I’m here for you.

Judge Charlie Durante's Comments:

"This is a very mature poem, dealing with a very delicate and often disregarded mental health problem: depression.  The speaker is kind, observant and altruistic.  The constantly repeated refrain, ‘I’m here for you’ encourages the depressed person and reiterates the speaker’s determination to provide support, love and protection. Many aspects of the situation described are familiar to those who suffer from this debilitating syndrome: a lack of self-worth, the feeling of not being loved or appreciated, the gnawing thoughts about suicide when life is void of any sense and you are peering into an abyss.  Medication might help, but there is nothing like the support of a helping hand and loving partner.  Lois had written a beautiful and emotionally charged poem."