Mental As Week – KoKo’s Black Dog Poetry

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!
 
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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  
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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

 

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