13 thoughts on “a peaceful evening: a tanka

      • True, but sometimes we need some assistance facing them. I’m thankful for the doctors who have walked the crooked mile with me. It isn’t a character flaw. We can’t just snap out of it. Lord knows we would give everything to have the black dog exit to never return. Depression is not a weakness. The depth of its darkness can only be realized by those who suffer from it. My final and most fundamental goal in my life is to talk about it openly. By doing this I hope I can give courage to others. It is painful to suffer the stigma and shame from having a mental illness, but it is nothing in comparison to the powerful sheer white panic, and the black hole of despair that drowns us.

        Have a good week, Leonard. Stay safe! ☕️❤️

      • Thank you, Leonard. If I can reach only one person, and offer them hope, then I have helped. There were people that did not leave my side during my darkest hours. They were my teachers.

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