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by richard lloyd cederberg
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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as an aid to the reader - this is not about death, it's about depression ... 9/30/10
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This black dog follows me-
Passing as a shadow
Amongst shadows

For when I am
Particularly vulnerable,
Incisors snap rhythmically;
Primal blood-hunger seeking
Satisfaction in its quest to
Find the easiest part of
Me to tear into

"Its cunning
Is wolf cunning,"
(London wrote) and
There is nothing I can do
To appease the brooding

As it lies in wait
For strength to falter,
Or for a cessation of defenses,
Or for weary eyes (fixed on surviving)
To lose their joyful glimmering

This black dog follows me-
Passing as a shadow
Amongst shadows,
Watching doggedly
For an open window,
Or some doorway,
To allow it ease of entry

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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 10/13/2010
I have been blessed with the brain chemistry most of my life, that rarely allows me to journey to dark places. I know many people who otherwise suffer. I also know there is little I can do at someone's low point to help, except to be there, and not always, at the moment welcome. Yet in that suffering, the depth of thought can produce amazing words and theories. Patrick
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 10/5/2010
Too well I understand, Richard.

I think most often relationships consist of 2 very different people: the rock, and the one the rock always holds steady. When you are the rock, as I am, sometimes you need your partner to hold steady for once, but you cannot change one's character so easily. Thus, the rock must quickly recover and become the rock once more. The depression becomes more dangerous because it's hidden and solitary. It's good to have writing as an outlet...
Love and Hugs, And I am here:)
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 10/3/2010
Oh my..excellent writing I know these feeling dear man..Hugss
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 10/1/2010
A fitting metaphor for the dog days of depression. I know, having been there.

Reviewed by Andy Turner 9/30/2010
Gosh. So vivid, so rich in angst.
Imagine Churchill fighting the Hun with his Black Dog. I guess such a man is great inspiration.
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 9/30/2010
Richard, you did this so well that you sent my pulse
into overdrive. -gene.
Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 9/30/2010
This life can be aweful without the spirit of holiness keeping you afloat. I know!!!
Reviewed by D Johnson 9/30/2010
Richard, this is such a powerful piece of writing...the picture above works so well to the theme...excellent writings, sad subject.

Cheers, always,
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 9/30/2010
well written piece!
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 9/30/2010
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 9/29/2010
Thoughts of life/death/mortality...difficult to face at times...all depends on how we perceive it and where our heads are at in that particular moment. Well written and powerful work.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 9/29/2010
It seems to be old Mr Death snapping at your heels, have to be vigilant as from this write I can tell you have been...e
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 9/29/2010
Fabulous expression ~
The black dog can really bloody up what would otherwise be a lovely day. I particularly like the second stanza.
Be well, take joy!
Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/29/2010
black dog/blue devil,
"There is nothing I can do to appease the brooding..."
relentless, merciless hound shadowing our mortality.
Power in this, Richard, real power, one to save to my library.

Reviewed by Peter Schlosser (Reader) 9/29/2010
I can hear Led Zeppelin throbbing through the caverns of my inner-ear right now. I know this feeling so well. In fact, I almost wrote about this a few days ago and have been somewhat formulating words in my head to touch upon this very theme. Like the dark force, which moves against you and snags a pound of flesh just when you falter or lose a step. And I even had the whole wolf thing in mind too. Starnge that. I really liked this. Hits home at a perfect time. And timing, as they say, is everything.
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