Black dog

The black dog of depression crept into your room last night,
stole the smile from your mouth and the twinkle from your eyes momentarily.

Teeth bared, eyes glowing in the dark, mocking me.
Once, I would have felt a failure; no salve to apply to your wounds.

But I have stopped flailing about like a drowning man, fighting an un-winnable battle.
I am wiser now, and with that comes peace.

Black dog’s visit is a temporary shadow,
that vanishes as your smile returns.

Black dog is cunning,
but he is no match for you.

Your determination, your strength, sends him off, tail between his legs.
I could not be prouder.

Your inner light is almost blinding.
Perhaps the black dog can not help himself and needs to bask in it awhile.

I do not blame him;
you are a gift to me.

So black dog,
come sit with me awhile, while she sleeps.

Rest those weary bones,
but don’t get too comfortable,
because you will soon be on your way.

Black dog


Adelaide, Australia

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Artist's Description

My 24 year old daughter was diagnosed with bi polar a couple of years ago. As a Mother I have never felt more inadequate in all my life. I have devoted years to keeping her safe and now I had met my match. This is something I could not fix and I felt helpless.
I have come to a different place now and realised that she has been chosen to handle this because she is so strong.
She is my inspiration, her determination and courage inspires me.
It is no accident that the black dog chooses to visit the most creative, artistic, determined and inspiring amongst us.
Love and light to you Lisa

Published in the Redbubble book : Compassion, courage and friendship

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