The Visitor

I know the sun is shining, and the blossom in full bloom

But an air of deep depression permeates this room

The ‘black dog’, Churchill called it; I can understand just why

It’s by no means unfamiliar; a common passer-by

It’s not a welcome visitor, nor did it ask permission

To come and lodge a while, so I eye it with suspicion

It has visited before, this dark presence in my brain

Oh, how I bid it leave me and not return again.

25 thoughts on “The Visitor

  1. This is such a poignant poem, and I’m sure one most of us can relate to. (I hadn’t realized that it was Churchill who first referred to depression as a black dog. It’s a very good description!) May that dog’s visits be few and very, very brief.

    1. Thank you, Ann. I’m sure many people can relate to this at some point in their lives. I’ve always thought that the ‘black dog’ label for depression was very accurate, too. I hope it’s visit will be brief, also. I seem to be up and down like a yoyo these days. X 🦒🌷

    1. Thanks, Devang. I know I usually write a lot more. However, this poem seemed to be sufficient for me to express my feelings in this case. I’m glad you liked it, though … Ellie πŸ¦’πŸŒΉπŸ•Š

  2. I’ve been visited most of my adult life by the black dog. Sometimes he stays so long I feel like we have become friends and he sits on my head at night pressing it into the pillow. I hope you can fight your way out and your therapist has some ways to help you through this (temporary) dark patch.

    1. I’m sorry you’re as familiar as I am with the black dog. I completely identify with him sitting on your head in that manner. I feel the same, especially first thing in the morning when I can’t face the world. My therapist is lovely (unlike the last one I had, but that’s a whole other story from a few years ago now). I have a lot of trust in her and know that as long as I put the hard work in, she will help me to come out the other side and be able to see the light again. Thanks again, dear Bridgette, for your comforting words, sharing and your kind heart … Ellie Xx πŸ¦’πŸ€—πŸ’•

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