Black Dog Poem by Greg Davidson

Black Dog

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A black dog follows me,
No collar nor a lead,
Its form I can not measure,
Of undetermined breed.

A black dog followed me,
My step a merry gait,
Then it left me quite alone,
I pondered not its fate.

A black dog followed me
It disappeared a while
But it did return again
When I had gone a mile.

A black dog follows me,
My companion I'll ignore,
My tread a steady onward march,
My eyes fixed to the fore.

A black dog follows me,
It matters not what pace.
My steps are clear upon the path,
Its paws, they leave no trace.

A black dog follows me,
No others on the road.
No muse, companion, mentor, friend,
I've none to share my load.

A black dog follows me,
Like a shadow by my side.
Storm clouds dim my path.
But it will not be my guide.

A black dog follows me,
Nipping at my heel.
Anxiety eats me from within.
I question what is real.


A black dog follows me,
No interest in my tears.
With hollow smile it follows me
And catalogues my fears.

A black dog follows me.
Steeper grows the grade.
My resolution falters,
My strength begins to fade.

A black dog follows me,
Though it will not choose my end.
I set my face into the wind,
My sanity to defend.

A black dog follows me.
I know I must resist.
I will not, must not, yield to him
I know I must persist

A black dog follows me.
Before me is my goal.
Silent prayers I send above,
My Lord to keep me whole

A black dog follows me.
And though the road does rise,
Onwards I intend to go
Until I reach the prize.


2012

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
John Brown 03 September 2012

Good poem Greg. I wrote one called 'Depression' which, I guess, is what yours is about - or something similar.

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Valerie Dohren 20 May 2012

Very good poem, well written - you may like to read mine entitled The Shadow which I suspect has similar meaning.

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Mark Sauer 25 June 2013

Black dog is what Winston Churchill called the periodic depression to which he was prone. Same metaphor?

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Bri Edwards 27 May 2013

greg, well, is it temptation or depression or something else i wonder. (see previous comments by other readers) i don't really care what it is; i enjoyed the poem enough to send it to my poemlist. thanks for sharing. i liked the change from followed to follows. bri p.s. i always enjoy good rhymes.

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Anjali Sinha 20 April 2013

A lovely poem- -I guess the black dog is temptation- -and not yielding to it until you reach the prize - heaven. Very nice- -reminds what my grandpa would always say I will not, must not, yield to him I know I must persist ++10 regards Anjali

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Stevie Taite 03 December 2012

I wrote one called saved! A similar theme (ish) Stevie

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Stevie Taite 03 December 2012

Extremely good! So resolute! Every stanza enjoyed! Stevie

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