Riley Noel

United States

Senior Peer Reviewer
Former Write the World young writer, now mentoring other WtW young writers through peer reviews!
I am so excited to help other young writers better their craft!!

Message to Readers

This is in honor of all those who struggle with depression and anxiety. You are not alone, keep fighting I can't promise it will get better but the people in your life can make it bearable if you let them in. I love you all. Thank you for reading my work it really means the world to me, leave a comment or review or even just a like!

Colorful Pain

August 23, 2017


People often say, depression hurts.
It saps the color from the world
leaving only darkness.
It turns shadows into monsters.
It holds your feelings hostage. 
But my depression is different.
I see colors clearer and more vibrant,
like the world has been soaked in paint,
the colors mock me, daring me to be happy
when they know I can't.
The shadow monsters are my friends,
they stand beside me protecting me
from the light, reminding me I have none.
I have forgotten what true happiness is,
though I have learned to fake it well.
Sometimes I can be truly happy,
a moment of childhood laughter,
but it is a ghost of a feeling
a dream ripped away
no matter how tight I close my eyes.
Some days I try to remember,
remember what the world looked like
before I tinted it with sadness.
But I can't,
because the world looks the same
 it's me that's changed.



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