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DEPRESSION CHALLENGES

You came to me without warning

Took up occupancy without permission
Your purpose hidden from the host
In a dark cloud of anger and confusion

But you did not come alone
You brought along a companion
Pessimistic fear was his name
Wreaking panic and consternation

The question asked over and over

How long did you plan to stay
We could not see the answers offered
With a mind that had gone astray

You were very active in your work
Every day you plucked the beam of joy
And left an impostor in its place
What was I to do but cry

While you were at your mindless task
You caused the host a lot of pain
Damaged work and social contacts
And his relations twice again

Your host had cultivated well the ground
When day and night were merged in one
Working at unremitting pace
If you could see the damage done

From that time is twenty years or more
You have come and you have gone
I do not wish to have you back
I once again am one

From now on I guard the door
By reflecting well on lessons learned
Painful, fearful, costly payment
Joy and freedom is well earned

copyright: 2007 Professor Nessan Ronan

DEPRESSION CHALLENGES

Patrick Ronan

County Limerick, Ireland

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