I watched her smile fall away from her face-
Her laughter, the last sunset I remember
Before the sky went dark.
That happiness became as seldom as the stars.
A villain named clinical depression took her away.
I remember when my grandpa used to smile but
the memory is a distant star because
I watched his smile being pulled away from him-
The corners of his mouth became a straight line.
A villain named Parkinson's disease took him away.
According to some people, one isn't real.
Because depression is
"just a phase"
"just being moody"
"just being a teenager"
"just a feeling"
And all you have to do is
"just be happy"
"just pray about it"
"just stop crying."
I wish someone would've told my grandpa
"just stop shaking"
"just stand up"
"just get stronger"
"just talk normal"
Because maybe he would've gotten better.
Because that's how you beat the bad guy, right?
Why are some villains magically not real
Because they affect a different side of the brain?
You say you don't understand the things
You can't see but I see
Grandpa in a wheelchair because he can't walk
Grandpa's mouth hardly moving saying "I love you"
Grandpa trying to smile even though he can't
Just as I can see
My friend's straight line of a smile
My friend not coming to school in two weeks
My friend laughing just once to my amazement.
So don't say it isn't real because
I've seen depression take my best friend
Just like I've seen Parkinson's take my grandpa.
These disease, so different, share one thing:
they take away.