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Beware the Black Dog (A Poem About Depression)

Updated on January 21, 2017
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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Writing is one of the top 10 professions in which people are most likely to suffer from depression, with men particularly at risk from the illness, according to US website health.com.

It says artists and writers are among the most vulnerable of professionals, alongside other "at risk" jobs including care workers, teachers, social workers, maintenance staff and salespeople.

Irregular pay and isolation contribute to the propensity for writers to succumb to depression with about 7% of male artists and writers likely to suffer a major episode of the illness.

Famous writer suicides as a result of depression or mental illness include: Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway, Anne Sexton and Arthur Koestler.

Novelist Simon Brett, who has acknowledged his own struggles with depression said "You spend long hours sitting on your own. Writing can be wonderful therapy, but you are digging into yourself, and if you are writing fiction and creating characters, a certain amount of self-examination and self-doubt is inevitable. Many writers are also introverted, quiet people, and find it stressful to have their work assessed publicly. Now there are reviews on Amazon, for example, that happens even more."

(source: The Guardian)

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Beware the Black Dog

Beware the black dog,

He often stalks at night

And attacks unexpectedly

When your defenses are down.


He is not selective

In choosing his prey,

Though the most vulnerable

Are alway at his mercy.


Even those who appear strong

Have their weaknesses,

Often hidden or disguised,

Behind a false smile.


Be on guard!

He strikes swiftly,

And like some evil jester,

Steals your joy for his own pleasure.


Don't feed his insatiable hunger,

Think positive, uplifting thoughts.

Do things that make you happy,

Surround yourself with positive people.


He is Lucifer's hound,

Feeding on negativity and frustration,

Making you feel worthless and defeated.

But he can be overcome!


Let your laughter stifle his snarls,

Like a muzzle on his jaws.

Collar and chain him with your dreams and ambitions,

And slay him with your generosity and love of life.

Definition of Depression

depression (noun)

  1. feelings of severe despondency and dejection."self-doubt creeps in and that swiftly turns to depression"synonyms: melancholy , misery , sadness , unhappiness , sorrow , woe , gloom ,gloominess, dejection , downheartedness, despondency ,dispiritedness, low spirits, heavy-heartedness, moroseness, discouragement , despair , desolation, dolefulness, moodiness, pessimism , hopelessness (source: www.sane.org)

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      Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton

      wow this poem has lines that flow with as much rawness, grace and assurance then any poem Ive read to date. each line is consistently interesting and you are a superior poet.. bless you bro...:)

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      Eric Dierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ouch! When that bastard devil dog sinks his teeth into you it hurts like a thousand hells. You done real good here. What artistry to portray such a horrible illness in a way all can understand. I just cannot say thank you though as this will haunt me through the day.

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      Linda Lum 20 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Jodah - In just a few paragraphs you have painted a very pointed and clear picture of what depression is like. Wonderfully done.

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      Bill Holland 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That bad boy has howled at my door in the past. Now I've built a wall and he can't get through. As long as I tend to that wall and keep it strong, I've got no worries. :)

      Of course I loved this. Excellent imagery.

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      drbj and sherry 20 months ago from south Florida

      Excellent imagery, Jodah, don't let that big black dog in! Laughter, good humor and optimism work almost every time.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 20 months ago

      Jodah!

      So well done! :-) I have definitely pushed all the up buttons, except funny. This black dog you described has come to visit me on an occasion or two. Looking inside oneself and seeing through eyes of self love, acceptance and some understanding to boot. And the black dog doesn't even bother with you. I think maybe this is why I enjoy inspirational and feel good spirituality. Writing in this way, one will be less inclined, I would think to fall into a depression. Anyway, great write! :-)

      Blessings always...hugs too. (((((((((((( Jodah ))))))))))))))))

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      Shauna L Bowling 20 months ago from Central Florida

      Writing is a lonely profession when you work from home. After three years of going it on my own, I've come to realize I need to be around people, so I'm looking to re-enter the work force. My inspiration and motivation has been affected by constant isolation. I call it The Flaccid Personality Syndrome.

      I wonder how I'll fare in the depression test.

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      Elsie Hagley 20 months ago from New Zealand

      Very interesting poem gave me food for thought.

      Took the depression test 23, not good, time to do something about this.

      Could be the recovery from ACC Cancer, which I had operated on three months ago, also a very wet cold winter on the farm, extra work feeding cows.

      Laughter, that's what I need.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 20 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I've had my share of depression in the past. I try to surround myself with positive people, like this morning I went to a 9AM bible study class and really enjoyed the discussion and togetherness. I think all writers have a tendency to be loners. ( Just my opinion. ) I liked this. A wild, black dog is a perfect metaphor for depression. I also find that keeping busy is a good way to ward off ' the black dog. '

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for that comment Frank, and your generous continued support here is appreciated.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Sorry for spoiling your day Eric, but thanks for the great comment. It is an important issue and effects so many of us in some way.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much Carb Diva, I am glad I succeeded in getting the message across.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, you did well to defeat him and learn how to keep him at bay. Keep that wall strong. Your testimony is a great one for others to use as an example.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes drbj, you are so right. The black dog despises laughter and optimism. Thanks for reading.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Jo, you are a great example and inspiration of how to defeat the black dog. Thank you for sharing. Bless you.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Elsie, thank you for reading. I hope the results of the depression test help you do something about beating the black dog. I hope you are recovering well from the ACC cancer and surgery. Go find some funny hubs to read and have a good laugh.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ruby, it sounds like you are doing all the right things to keep the dreaded black dog from your door. Keep it up, and thank you for the comment.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 20 months ago from Washington, DC

      Very fitting analogy of the black dog as depression. Very inspiring for anyone facing depression and in need of practical things to do to make a change. Well done, informative, "how to" poetry! Voted up, useful and beautiful.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for that lovely comment Jan. I hoped it would be helpful.

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      Jackie Lynnley 20 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Great points and great poem; a very important message. I imagine most of us have had to fight him off sometime in our life. Hope this will help anyone letting the black dog in their life to know it is possible and they are not alone!

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      Mary Hyatt 20 months ago from Florida

      I guess I've been fortunate in my lifetime. I have certainly had bad times, but I can't say I've ever been depressed. I always talk toe the "Big Man Upstairs" and I am blessed with a wonderful supportive family.

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      Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

      Woo, John, you've certainly written a masterful poem here as to describing that nasty demon of depression. I've heard it described as a deep dark hole where they cannot see any light ...and feel hopeless as to ever being able to crawl out of it. Thank the good Lord for He is the light no doubt.

      Up and more and away

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Shauna writing is a lonely profession when working from home and you are often off in your own little world. I know I was more depressed before I began to write seriously. Some of us thrive on the isolation, others need to be around people. Glad you fared well in the test.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Jackie, yes almost everyone is effected by "the black dog" at some stage. I hope this hub does prove helpful to some people suffering.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Mary, a strong faith and supportive family go along way to defeating depression and keeping the black dog away.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Faith, your words are spot on. A strong trust in the Lord goes a long way to defeating depression. Thanks for your kind comment and vote up.

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      Venkatachari M 20 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Wowsome! Great message through beautifully built rhythmic lines. People should think positive always and never let negative thoughts or discouraging feelings enter their mind. Even in the ocean of problems, one should be hopeful of finding some way out.

      Thanks for this post. Voted up and awesome.

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      MizBejabbers 20 months ago

      Such a poetic description of depression. You really are a good poet, John, and I enjoy your work very much. I had never been visited by the black dog until a few years ago when the doctors removed a precancerous thyroid. It has taken about five years to get me regulated, and I've gone through some ruff tuff stuff but now I think I can say "I'm okay." I really feel for people who have chronic depression, in more ways than one. My sister committed suicide at age 30, when life was treating her well, good job, beautiful apartment, nice car, great fiance. I didn't understand then, but now I do. Voted up and beautiful.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for haring that personal story MizB and for your kind comment. I too have known other who seemed to have everything going for them only to commit suicide due to depression no one else was aware of. My wife has an under active thyroid which si being controlled by medication, but thyroid problems run in her family so I an relate to what you went through. Thank you for voting this "beautiful."

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      So true, Jodah. Depression is evil, like that black snarling dog. It is hard to escape, but all who know it must try. Great Poem! :) Voting up...

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Missy, I know you can relate to this from experience. Thanks for your support and kind comment.

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      Linda Rogers 20 months ago from Minnesota

      John-Your poem depicts the beast of depression very well. I wish it only came about at night-I've struggled with it since childhood. Voted up and hit many buttons.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading Minetonka, I know you can relate as can many an that it

      doesn't only ome around at night. Many things can invite the black dog in such as Christmas, birthdays etc, Sorry to hit some of those sensitive buttons.

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      Dana Tate 20 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I have found this " dog" in my yard many times. Fighting to stay "positive" is a battle many of us will fight all of our lives. Loved the message. Voted up- all choices except funny, and definitely sharing.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank for the vote up and share Dana. Yes he preys on us if we let our guard down. We must be ever vigilant an stay positive. Strong faith (which you have) is a big help.

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      mckbirdbks 20 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Dark, daring, devilishly good.

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      Ann Carr 20 months ago from SW England

      Fantastic! You've painted such a brilliant picture of what it's like.

      I'm surprised that writers are in the top 10 of those who suffer depression but I can see why having read your information above.

      All great but especially love the last line, John.

      Ann

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      Max Havlick 20 months ago from Villa Park, Illinois

      PROFESSION OF THE SCROLL

      An Experimental American Sonnet

      (to my friend John Hansen)

      -------

      Profession of the Scroll

      Obsession to extol

      Digression from the goal

      Attrition from the Whole

      ---

      Repression false control

      Secession hits pot-hole

      Regression to Sheol

      Depression in Hell-hole

      ---

      Petition to the Whole

      Confession in fox-hole

      Concession gains parole

      Discretion learns its role

      ---

      Expression in control

      Accession back to Scroll

      -------

      Thursday afternoon, August 13, 2015

      With best wishes to all supporters of fresh poetry.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Mike, yes it is dark. Devilishly good..I'd like to think so? Thanks for reading.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for that wonderful sonnet Max. I do appreciate it. I totally support your sentiments to supporters of fresh poetry.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Ann, so glad you liked this poem and especially the last line. I agree Ann, that is a little surprising because you would tend to think writing would be good therapy.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 20 months ago from The Caribbean

      I fight Lucifer's hound more often than not. Your beautiful lines offer good suggestion to keep him at bay. Thank you.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you MsDora, I hope you always manage to defeat him.

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      Sparklea 20 months ago from Upstate New York

      Hi Jodah, a terrific example (black dog) of how the world can be made to look so very black at times. Thank you for this very profound hub suggesting to we who love to write to beware of depressed feelings creeping in. It is our thought life that we have to guard every single minute. Author Ann VosKamp keeps a gratitude journal on her window sill and has written over 4,000 things she is grateful for. Her book "1000 Gifts" has truly encouraged me . I keep a gratitude journal on my table and log in it constantly. We as writers must be SO grateful for every second we feel good physically!!! A morning walk among nature is a wonderful way to begin the day. Oh, I took the depression test and I am NOT depressed, thank you for including it.

      Also, thank you from my heart for the kind words you wrote about me on Dream On's poem. Very overwhelmed and full of gratitude for that (which I will add to my journal) God bless always and again thank you. Sparklea ;)

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      ocfireflies 20 months ago from North Carolina

      John,

      How I know that black hound well. And what a wonderful metaphor you have used to capture the hideousness of his fangs. Fortunately, with the help of friends and good doctors, I have more up days than down. Definitely sharing, pinning and all that for this is such an important topic and one so misunderstood.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      Victoria Lynn 20 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      You really captured how depression attacks with the imagery in your poem. I can relate as I often fight off that black hound. I also enjoyed reading the stats on writers with depression. It makes sense. Well done!

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      Nadine May 20 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      You have truly captured the emotions around feeling down and sad. It was my writing that made me escape from my own dark night of the soul times. Today I've cured myself and are rarely feeling down, except when I miss my children and grandchildren who I have not seen in years. Very good!

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading this hub Sparklea and sharing especially about the author Ann VosKamp and her book "1000 Gifts." I am a little surprised but grateful that this hub is proving so popular. Maybe I shouldn't be given the statistics of writers and depression. It was my pleasure to say what I did about you on Dream On's hub. You are a very giving and encouraging person. God bless you too.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Kim, depression is an important and still very misunderstood illness. I am so glad that you are having more up days than down now and have good people supporting you. Thank you for the vote up, pin and share, and take care.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you very much for reading this hub Victoria. I think it is clear from the comments just how many of us are affected by depression and have to fight off the black dog. I too thought the stats about writer a little disturbing but plausible.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Nadine, I am glad you feel I captured the emotions and feelings of depression here. I am glad you have been able to cure yourself but it must till be hard to have not seen your children and grandchildren for so long. Thanks for your kind word and take care.

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      Audrey Howitt 20 months ago from California

      Thank you for writing about this John--such an important subject!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 20 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Jodah. Your poem is very well-written and spot on!

      Depression is a subject that is not often openly discussed or even mentioned and yet it should be. Depression is an often misunderstood issue. Thank you for this hub.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Audrey, yes it is important and effects almost everyone in some way.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Phyllis, because depression isn't always physically obvious it is too easy to ignore or not taken seriously. It needs to be discussed. Thanks for your comment.

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      Larry Rankin 20 months ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderfully executed analogy.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Larry, much appreciated.

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      CrisSp 20 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This beast come and go to visit us and we try hard to bribe it to leave us alone.

      Delicate subject but this is one powerful hub.

      Love to you from the sky and to all those battling with the demon.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Cris, you need to be vigilant at all times because he's sneaky. Yes, bribes may work at times though. Thanks for the kind comment. Cheers.

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      Lori Colbo 20 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      "Beware of the black dog

      He often strikes at night!

      Yes he sure does! I've suffered off and on for many years and as others have said, the poem is raw and accurate! It is also true that many of the great poets, authors, composers and artists suffered from depression, bipolar, and other mental illnesses! Kay Redfield Jamisen, a famous psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins who wrote about her journey with bipolar called An Unquiet Mind, also wrote a book about how common it is for people who have mental illness are in creative arts! I can't remember the name of it!

      I am here to testify that there is hope, as my life story will attest!

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      Lori Colbo 20 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      "Beware of the black dog

      He often strikes at night!

      Yes he sure does! I've suffered off and on for many years and as others have said, the poem is raw and accurate! It is also true that many of the great poets, authors, composers and artists suffered from depression, bipolar, and other mental illnesses! Kay Redfield Jamisen, a famous psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins who wrote about her journey with bipolar called An Unquiet Mind, also wrote a book about how common it is for people who have mental illness are in creative arts! I can't remember the name of it!

      I am here to testify that there is hope, as my life story will attest!

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for sharing that Lori and testifying that there i hope and depression can be overcome. I'm sure a lot of people will heck out Kay Redfield Jamisen.

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      Mel Carriere 20 months ago from San Diego California

      One of the reasons I write is to take refuge from the black dog. He knows I will ignore him when I'm behind the computer, so he keeps his distance. It's in those kick back moments when I'm trying to enjoy a movie or TV show that he will come prowling around. I think it's true that there are a lot of us that suffer from at least minor depression (mine is really not very bad), and I think it is because as writers we tend to be introspective. In other words, we think too damn much. Great poem.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for the interesting comment and sharing your personal situation with the back dog Mel.

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      Hari Prasad S 20 months ago from Bangalore

      Very beautifullly written. Txs.

      - Hari

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Hari, nice to see a new face. Thanks for your kind comment.

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      Deb Hirt 20 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Well done, using a black dog to portray what occurs with so many. I think that some of these writers have felt that their message was buried. Luckily, with work surrounding nature, I see the fruits of my labors. More people go to the park to observe nature, and photograph it more to record it for posterity. My newspaper article reaches five figures, so I can suggest so many ways on how to help animals and bring that awareness to fruition. The media is a powerful tool in more ways than one.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Deb, you are probably write about writers becoming frustrated an depressed because the message they try to convey is often ignored or buried. With writing about and photographing nature you should never have that problem. Yes the media has much more power than many people realise.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 20 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      So well written. It's something that can affect all of us at times. Bless you!

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      Krzysztof Willman 20 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Very powerful to read; you are true poetic talent. Writers have it tough because their future is never certain, and they have to tap into so many emotions that it can drain their soul.

      There have been times where it's gotten to me too, but I managed to break away and relax before I was ever too far gone.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Blossom. Yes, I think most of us have been through it at some stage, many worse than others.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Chris, I appreciate the compliment. I think you are right about writers having an uncertain future..most anyway. I too have suffered mild depression but have had to put it in perspective with others I know who suffer much worse. Glad you've always managed to beat yours.

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      Genna East 20 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      That black dog is a nasty critter...sneaking up on us when we least expect it. He knows no prejudices; we are all fair game to him.

      "Let your laughter stifle his snarls,

      Like a muzzle on his jaws.

      Collar and chain him with your dreams and ambitions,

      And slay him with your generosity and love of life."

      I loved this great poem, John. :-)

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Genna, thank you for the kind comment. Yes that black dog is one sneaky critter.

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      Chris Mills 20 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Good words, John. And timely for some I am sure.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Chris, I hope it helps someone out there.

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      FlourishAnyway 20 months ago from USA

      Reading again. I love the analogy. Never make the black dog your pet. Cast him out. Refuse to feed him, no matter how tempting. He'll devour your soul.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for revisiting this Flourish, yes never feed the black dog or he will follow you everywhere. Good advice.

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      Dianna Mendez 20 months ago

      Your comparison to a black dog makes the depression even more vivid. I can only imagine how one must feel when under such emotional status. Great writing!

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Dianna, yes it can be a debilitating illness. I don't suffer myself but family members do. Congratulations on the hubby award for best teacher.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 19 months ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Hi Jodah, we all know this beast, what a challenge to make sure he can't smell fear, if he does he will attack and then after that, well it's a fight, some make it some don't. I fight this dog often, but I come out victorious through grace. The metaphor here works well in writing, but I truly believe in the spirit of the beast, he comes for all of us. Best to you and stay on guard.

      EWF

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      John Hansen 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

      You said it Eric, and explained it very well. We can all defeat him if we stay strong and vigilant. He looks for any opportunity when our guard is down.

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      daydreamer13 19 months ago

      Strong writing with a powerful meaning. Excellent poem!

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      John Hansen 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and leaving a wonderful comment daydreamer13. Much appreciated.

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      Audrey Selig 19 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Jodah - The big black dog strays in our path. This powerful poem is very appropriate, as it seems like this weekend has people very troubled. Even the good spirited folks are down. We must therefore kick the dog and turn our thoughts to uplifting ideas and writings. This poem serves as a warning to turn our thoughts around and look toward the heavens and the powerful sun shining upon our lives. Thanks Jodah for sharing these ideas. We are what we think. Sharing Blessings, Audrey

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      John Hansen 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for the wonderful an encouraging comment Audrey. I wonder why people are feeling down and troubled this weekend..any idea why? We all need to try and turn our thoughts around when depression tries to cloud our thinking so the black dog can attack us at our most vulnerable. You are right, "we are what we think." Take care, blessings.

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      Audrey Selig 19 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Jodah - I don't know, other than stock market fears, work stress at brokerages, fears about economy and having to sell house. illness, crime. These are the problems I heard about. Hopefully, elsewhere is better. Thanks again. Blessings, Audrey

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      John Hansen 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Audrey, yes I guess these are common fears in my country as well. Take care.

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      Jennifer Mugrage 19 months ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Depression - fascinating topic. It can attack as if from without, like a dog, it can cling on like a dog's jaws, and it can, indeed, strike anyone.

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      John Hansen 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Jennifer, that is so true. No one is immune, and it is always lurking. Thanks for reading this.

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      Marié Patricia Nicolina Murray 15 months ago

      Thank you, Jodah. What a lovely and uplifting message. There is great Truth behind these words.

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Patricia, great to get such a lovely comment from you. Glad you found this uplifting even though the subject is not.

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