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Posts tagged ‘depression’

Can that bottle Comfort you better?

You’ll never find the answers In that bottle
It isn’t your friend, don’t you realize that?
I’m not here to judge you, I just want to help
Trust me, please! Drink ain’t where it’s at

Hey man, don’t let me
disturb your misery
I can see You two are old friends
But he’s evil, wily, conniving
And I’ve seen where this journey ends.

So much life left to live,
your wife and kids
I guess they don’t matter that much?
Can that bottle comfort you better
Than a loved one’s sweet, tender touch?

Well give me a shout if you
feel the urge to
That gutter looks cozy enough
I’ll go start writing your eulogy
Man, why must you make this so tough?


Dismal Day


Dismal day,

how dare you chase my sun away.

I’m made of sterner stuff,

I’ll shine on through the grey.

I dare not let you cast a pall

on my parade.

You’re nothing but a ruse,

a game, a masquerade


Lonely Road

imageDriving late, on a lonely road

Just roaming, lost and weary

I think about us, well, the used-to-be us.

and our new past, so damned dreary!

Landmarks along this grainy lane

Pass by my gaze unbidden

I can’t change the channel, can’t look away

The images won’t stay hidden.

Sign posts scream out silently

Hazzards ahead, don’t go there

I can’t turn back though, I never can.

There’s a new path out of here, somewhere.

But there never is, just our tainted past

and the hurt that won’t ever heal.

So, I’m driving late, on this lonely road,

a ghost behind the wheel.

The Sun Always Shines


“The Sun always shines, we just can’t always see it, because of the clouds!”

A young boy was explaining, what was, to him, an absolutely astounding fact, to his Mother as they walked home after school one day.

His Mother, much to her credit, I think, received this information with an incredulous sounding “Really? That is amazing, dear.”

The little lad, his chest puffed out, and a gleam in his eyes, strutted on home, the bearer of important news. I couldn’t help but smile.

On a cold, dark, cloudy, dank, overcast day, it can be extremely hard to envision a bright yellow orb beaming away up there.

It set me to thinking, which can often be a dangerous and sometimes painful occurrence on my part, about the parallels one could draw from such a statement.

What if instead of “The sun” and “shines”, we could substitute the words “people” and “Smile”?

Like this…

“People always smile; we just can’t always see it for the clouds.”
What if, just as the sun’s default setting is shining, our default setting is happiness?

I can partake of my favourite activities or hang around with my favourite people, happy and contented. You don’t always see a smile on my face the whole time, but there is definitely a smile in my heart.

Is the smile always there? Are worry, stress, anger, pain, depression, grief and sorrow just some of the varied thickness of “mind clouds” that can temporarily block the view?

What a thought! All we’d ever require to be deliriously happy all the time is a good stiff breeze to shift those nasty black clouds.

Yes, It is a very over simplified model of the human psyche, and probably very inacurate,  but as I am an over simplified human with no grounding in psychology or affairs of the mind, I can only stumble around in the dark here.

I’m certain people have devoted their entire lives to understanding this stuff, and  in a real world maladies of the mind cannot be swept away on the proverbial breeze.

If we look for it though, and really want to find it, happiness is, for most, within our reach.

Since I clearly am very ill informed  on this, and have no idea where to look for answers, any thoughts, input and opinions you might have, relating to this or any topic would be very gratefully recieved.

Thank You!



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The Wayward Wind

I wrote this poem about a week ago, and wanted to find a different method of presentation. I decided the verses combined nicely with some cloud photos that I took recently, and paired them with my recording. Does it work? Let me know what you think. Thank-you. Best Wishes, Cliff



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