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  • I want to curl up in a ball
    And shut myself off from it all.
    No motivation. Lethargy.
    Without the will or energy
    To haul my backside out of bed,
    This negativity is fed
    By thoughts that can debilitate,
    Internally emaciate,
    Slowly erode and chip away
    At self esteem that's in decay.
    Depression is still stigmatised.
    It's sufferers are criticised,
    Told to pull themselves together,
    Discover ways they can weather,
    Cerebral hurricanes that rage.
    Try as you might you can't engage
    Your brain to think in other ways,
    To rid you of those black dog days.
    To those who think you know the score,
    Who haven't suffered this before.
    Your chances are it's one in four
    This ill will knock upon your door.
    So they will get re-elected,
    Governments have long neglected,
    To budget, so there are aside
    The funds in order to provide
    Appropriate research and care
    To us enduring this despair.
    They turn a blind eye to our plight,
    In full knowledge this dreaded blight
    Will keep the drug companies sweet,
    As G.P.s scribble out repeat
    Prescriptions for the latest pill
    That may control, not cure this ill.
    We're not 'allowed' to cause a 'fuss'.
    So really it is down to us
    Until depression's understood,
    Accepted, recognised we should
    Do what we can in order to
    Extinguish thoughts that make us blue.

    © 23/10/14 MICHAEL DENNIS 'The Black Cab Poet' As featured on and the inspiration for The Janice Long Spoken Word Sessions B.B.C. Radio 2, 18/04/12. Over 40 poems read out on Steve Allen's Early Morning Breakfast Show L.B.C. 97.3FM. Featured on the BBC London News on BBC1 22/02/13, on the Jeni Barnett Show B.B.C. Radio London 94.9FM 29/5/11, in an article in The Metro 06/05/08, in Will Self's article in The Standard 20/05/08. The Chav Bird Song as played by David Rodigan on Kiss 100 FM, Complete and Utter Banker Song tweet@theblackcabpoet
    THE BLACK CAB POET A Collection of Poems available at Amazon on Kindle
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