Every year in Australia about a million adults, and a hundred thousand young people, live with depression. Allow your friends, colleagues and family to talk about their darkness so that they can see that you care.
My Mum helped me write these poems (or should I say Doggeral?) 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 plans to stay He doesn’t care if I’m sad He makes me feel That I’m 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