Friday, August 2, 2013

Depression

I dread the Shadows.

Black spectral thoughts that wait

to eclipse my bright and sunny hours.

Replace my warm sense of well being

with paralyzing cold.

Deeper and darker than an Arctic night.

 

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Picture credit:  [ chang√≥ ] / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

45 comments:

  1. I just noticed your profile quote, Valerie.

    You know no bounds--simply beautiful what you've written here.

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    1. Dawn, please don't ever go away:) I am so honored when you stop by and comment-thank you so much!

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  2. So sad! You described it very well. Good choice of photo to go with this one!

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    1. Thanks Tammy! When I saw the photo I instantly thought of this topic. Next time-happier thoughts! :)

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  3. Beautiful depiction of depression, how it steals the happiness right out from under us.

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    1. Thanks Janna! I appreciate that thoughtful comment:)

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  4. Particularly poignant given the bright, sunny hours.
    Gotta stay away from that Arctic night!
    Beautiful words, Valerie.

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    1. True Kymm-the sunlight is definitely better:) Thank you so much for reading this!

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  5. Valerie, you've really made every word count in this and have captured the images in the photo so very well. Particularly admire the contrasts you've incorporated. My oh my :)))

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    1. Thanks Jo-Anne! This was the fastest 33 words I've ever written-and reading your thoughts on it really meant a lot to me! xx

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  6. You've captured those moments in your words. It is cold, it is dark, it is hard.

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    1. Thanks so much for the backup, HA! Much appreciated:)

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  7. Oh Valerie HUGS this is right on. Hugs B

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    1. Hugs back at you B! Hugs always make things better:) xx

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  8. Ah yes I know this feeling. Unfortunately.

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    1. Lisa, I'm glad I'm not alone! Thanks, my friend!

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  9. I have friends who suffer the shadows. The opening gripped me and the rest wrapped itself around me.

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    1. Thanks La Tonya! Your friends are lucky to have you for a friend-thanks for reading-it means a lot:)

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  10. I like them. They're nice on hot days.

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  11. Oh, I know this place. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Again, it's so nice not to be alone:) Thank you so much for commenting and having such an awesome place for writers to come together! :)

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  12. Shadows are a member of the dark legion, although silent they can still be sinister.

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    1. Very sinister indeed Joe! Especially when they take shape inside one's own mind.

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  13. You've come up with a very creative way to describe depression. I like the cold references. I never thought of it in that way before. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Ashley! I appreciate that!!

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  14. Depression ...... mental as well as fiscal has engulfed the human populace.

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  15. One brought on by the other no doubt! Luckily my finances are sound;)

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  16. Very evocative of darkness and dread. Good job.

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  17. Powerhouse writing, Valerie! Depression is blackness and bleakness and barren of joy. You have captured this extremely well. :)

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    1. Tom, your comment is very much appreciated! I wish depression was a subject I didn't know as well as I do-but readers like you bring me much joy:)

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  18. A terrifying peek into mind's abyss. Definitely something to dread! :D

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    1. That is so true, Linda! And thank you so much for your comment!

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  19. How I wish this didn't resonate at all for me. You've nailed those bleak and terrible moments perfectly, my piratical friend. This is fine, fine writing.

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    1. We'll just have to stick together, then! I wonder what depressed pirates did-or maybe I don't want to know;) I'm sending a treasure chest full of gold to you to show my appreciation!

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  20. Beautifully captured, Valerie! Love the juxtaposition of bright and sunny with the deep dark Arctic night.

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    1. Thank you Suzanne-I'm so honored by that! :)

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  21. Yes, I know that feeling all too well. It's strange how even that dread of the shadows is a shadow itself, lurking at the edge of the bright moments. You've captured it perfectly here.

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    1. I love your comment, because you touched on something so true-the dread of the shadows is a shadow itself. We just have to try to stay near the light. Thank you so much for your insightful thoughts!

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  22. Oh, Valerie! This is so powerful. You perfectly describe the paralyzing impact depression can have. Well done!

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  23. Ivy, thank you so, so much for that!!

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  24. Oh Valerie! Thank you for you enthusiastic visit. You are always so upbeat and nice to me. We have to meet someday! We just have to.

    I was in the mountains over the weekend and loved it. I kept smiling and hugging relatives I haven't seen for a year or more. (Family Reunion) I told two of my cousins about your blog and they seemed interested to know you, too. So you may have some of my relatives following you soon.

    Take care! Have a grand day, okay? (hug)

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  25. Renae-xoxoxo

    I'm so glad to have you for a friend!

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  26. The photo immediately reminded me of the "Hiroshima Shadows" - something I repinned on Pinterest not long ago. When the atomic bomb struck, the intensity caused permanent shadows of people or objects. Your words about depression are very poignant and so very true.

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