John-Ward Leighton


songs from the past
in an old encounter with the black dog
unemployed with a failing business
and an imploding marriage

another yet another case of
be careful what you wish for
because true happiness is elusive
and pain is always inevitable

changes that cannot be controlled
and there is no relief on the other side
and you will come to love your witless depression
and learn to distrust happiness as a mere illusory session

then it is what ever gets you through
the night
even when it is so damn wrong
can seem so damn right

leave us helpless helpless
and bereft before the door
and the paradox that less is truly more

the day is cloudy bright
and things should be right
but the black dog is snapping at our heels
you know how familiar that feels

so I listen to that old song
and know there is no option
except to
carry on

Author’s Note: Thanks to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: Deja vu

Photograph ©Copyright 2010 by John-Ward Leighton
Photograph ©Copyright 2010 by John-Ward Leighton