Black Dog – a Poem about Depression

Trigger Warning: This poem may trigger people with depression and mental illness. If this is you, please read with caution.

Black Dog

You see a small world of problems
My universe of distress
All of my insecurities
Never want to take a rest

You asked for this they tell you
Your decisions weren’t the best
So now I have to sit here
Alone in this great mess

Waking up I shiver
Waking up I scream
Can anybody hear me
Get me out of this bad dream!

I open up one eyelid
The other tries to follow
But nothing’s changed around me
My existence is still hollow

So back to sleep I go
Hoping for a new day
And If I smile differently
They may treat me a different way

But the feeling is still empty
Nothing changed again
This dog that constantly barks at me
More than now and then

Then I realise
That it’s simply up to me
To make sure this dark beast
Doesn’t drown me in a sea

Nothing will get better
Until I can finally say
I see you black dog
And you’re never going away

Instead of not seeing you
I see your fur is dark
But now that I am walking you
You find it hard to bark

You’ll always be a part of me
I will not be ashamed
But remember that I own you
And I’m better if you’re tamed.

Note: If you are in Australia and having thoughts of suicide or are struggling with mental health, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For my American readers, please call 1-800-273-8255.

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Published by changeofheart82

The Phoenix is a symbol of strength and renewal. My tattoo is to remind me to shine as bright as flames flying through the air, and to remember that no matter how bad things get, I will rise from the darkness transformed and better.

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