Posted in Black Dog, Depression, Dog

Black Dog Poetry by KoKo

Every year in Australia about a million adults, and a hundred thousand young people, live with depression. Allow your friends, collegues and family to talk about their darkness so that they can see that you care.

My Mum helped me write  these poems for humans who might be feeling a bit pressured by the Black Dog.



Poem 1 – Black Dog 1 – by KoKo ShakesPaw

Black dog, Black dog

You give me a fright

Creeping into my sleep fog

Disrupting my calm night

You yap at my ankles

And nip at my heels

You run tightly around me

Not caring how I feel

I hear your deep growl

And your  too familiar yelp

And I know that once again

I need someone’s help

 Why do you keep returning

Causing me such deep pain?

Do you know the sadness you bring

When you suffocate me again?


You stop me from being

Who I know I can be

You stop me from enjoying

The peace and joy that is me

Black dog! Black dog!

You ‘re an awful hound

I wish for you there was

A ranger and a pound!


Poem 2 – Black Dog 2 – by KoKo ShakesPaw

My role as mum’s carer

is to keep her warm

With my happy smile around her

  She can weather any storm  


Poem 3 – Black Dog 3 – by KoKo ShakesPaw

I like dogs now

But there is one

I wish would go away

Because he blocks my sun

The big Black Dog

says he plans to stay

he doesn’t care if I’m sad

He makes me feel

That I am going mad

He nips at my heart

And bites at my soul

When he is around

I cannot be whole

Oh, I wish the big Black Dog

Would find another home

or get lost in the fog

And leave me alone


I’m a puppicino drinking talkative dog blogger who is writing a book. “KoKo’s Tales - a Dog’s Life in Subiaco”

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