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Six Cats and a Black Dog: Forward (or A Letter to Depression)

Donna Brown4 comments1578 views
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Blog for Mental HealthLast year I made a Blog For Mental Health pledge. Sadly, there is no pledge in 2016 and the Blog for Mental Health site is no longer being curated, though it is currently still accessible. However, this was a wonderful project (and it ran for several years) and I’m truly glad it got me blogging about this subject, albeit less regularly than I’d like!

I called this ‘Forward’, though I could very well have called this A Letter to Depression. I cannot, however much I might like to be, be bitter about my experiences with depression because ultimately I know they have made me a better and stronger person. I can, however, be defiant.



Dented, not broken.
Bruised, not battered.
Tears provide momentum,
Not friction, nor impediment.
I will ride this wave with
Stubbornness to push me
Forward, ever forward.

If I look back it will only be
To say ‘See?
See how you did not defeat me?’
I am my cracks and character.
A work in progress.
Wobbling, not crashing.
Forward, ever forward.

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Donna Brown
Avid reader/audiobook listener, fan of podcasts, prone to the odd Netflix binge. Mum to six crazy and incredible rescue cats. Occasional writer of short stories and poetry.


  1. Beautiful poem Donna 😀 And you’re quite right – chronic depression does make you stronger/more resilient, and more understanding and tolerant of others quirks and failings 🙂

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