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Poetry Break: Black Dog by Victoria Anderson


Poetry Break: Black Dog by Victoria Anderson Two Drops of Ink Marilyn L. Davis


I once heard depression has been described as a black dog,

If that’s true, anxiety is a white dog.

Where one goes, the other follows in ever turning, ill fated harmony.

For every effect of depression there is a complementary effect from anxiety.


Depression is the big bad wolf that scares all your loved ones away,

Anxiety comforts you by telling you they probably hated you anyway.

Depression forces you to stay in bed all day and do nothing,

Anxiety reminds you that you did nothing of value and your important tasks are still undone.


Depression is gravity – always with you and a constant pressure,

Pulling you lower and lower into the earth until you can no longer stand.

Anxiety is magma – found at the centre of the earth when you can’t get any lower

Drowning you, burning your lungs as you struggle for breath


The dogs are needy little bitches.

They take hold slowly until you don’t even remember what okay feels like,

You don’t remember how you’re supposed to feel in situations and you’re numb for years


Then you take the step to get help,

You finally start feeling better and make so much progress

And then they grab you and pull you back kicking and screaming into the pit they came from


Then you’re right back at square one

The only difference is you remember now what it feels like to be normal

And that makes everything ten times worse


It reminds you that no matter what they’re always going to be there,

Hissing and spitting from the end of the dark cave you’ve spent years trying to claw your way out of

Waiting for when your footing’s weak to snatch you back up in its grasp.



Poetry Break: Black Dog by Victoria Anderson Two Drops of Ink Marilyn L. Davis
Victoria Anderson is also known as Tori B. Bear – presenter, writer and contributor to Off the Record!
Scottish, nerdy, and recklessly optimistic. She volunteers with hospital radios and lends her skills to hosting podcasts and events.
Her writing includes: short stories, poetry, interviews and reviews of music, and games. 
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  1. A very vivid description through metaphor and similes . The images bring depression alive ,almost personified . Great write up with sensitivity. Loved it.

  2. Dear Victoria,
    In fact this is the first time I read for you. I want to say , you are writing in different way, You are a great poetry writer. Your images and expressions are coming from the deep secret lands of poetry. You are a real poetess. Thank Marilyn for publishing this very beautiful piece. I enjoyed it deeply and read it more than once when i heard from Victoria that the depression is a black dog.

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