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Dear Depression...

Epistolary Poem #2

By Tiffany Gordon Published 12 months ago 1 min read
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Dear Depression...
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Dear Depression:

Have several seats...

All you do is pollute & funk up the atmosphere with your web of lies & treacherous vibes... As you greedily & mercilessly suck the life out of the best & the brightest like a heartless vampire on holiday at the blood bank, with no concern for the carnage that you continually leave behind...

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Once you're done feeding... You wrangle your prey into your quicksand of despair... by injecting them with an overwhelming amount of nearly unbearable fatigue, burrito-wrapped in melancholy... as you sadistically forcefeed them candy-coated M & M's of hopelessness for breakfast, lunch, & dinner with a smile...

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But today, my foe..

The tide has turned....

For, your day of Reckoning is upon you...

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Remember...

The Almighty is more powerful than you...

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And I want you to know that I just discovered a special antidote from above that will send you back to Hades where you belong...

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All a clinically depressed person must do is ingest:

**50 cc's of NEVER EVER GIVE UP/ NEVER GIVE IN

as well as

**50 cc 's of RELENTLESS HOPE

Then, pair them with the internal belief that "My Creator will see me through until I find relief" and you will fold like a cheap lawn chair from a yard sale.

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At that point, those precious souls directly affected by your fiery wrath will finally have the chance to dance in victory as the local Pastor reads them your eulogy.

And what a glorious day that will be...

Sincerely,

Someone who cares

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About the Creator

Tiffany Gordon

I am a super-spiritual, fun-loving artist, writer, & peer-counselor residing in the Pacific Northwest. I am also an Institute of Children's Literature alumna who enjoys writing about the triumph of the human spirit.

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  • The Invisible Writer2 months ago

    Never give up never give in is one of my all time fav quotes. Great work Tiff

  • Ashley Shiflett2 months ago

    This is so amazing!!! I love it. ❤️ What a piece full of healing.

  • Judey Kalchik 11 months ago

    I love the cheap lawn chair analogy. My issue is that I put the chair in the garage for another day

  • Sara Wilson11 months ago

    This is a absolutely amazing. What a fantastic piece of work!

  • I appreciate your faith, exuberance, & enthusiasm, Tiffany, & for most people this prescription represents sound advice. Unfortunately, it doesn't work for everyone, not even biblically. Jeremiah had profound faith, but remained essentially clinically depressed his entire ministry. Elijah was pretty much the same way. He's excited & feeling triumphantly exultant with his triumph over the prophets of Baal, & the adrenaline coursing through him allowed him to beat Ahab back to the city. He has victory, but not over his depression, something that becomes abundantly clear the moment Jezebel says she's going to kill him before the day's out. Think of what he's witnessed over the past several years. He's been fed by ravens until the water runs out. The handful of meal & little bit of oil in the bottom of a jug sustains him as well as the widow of Zarephath & her son through the remainder of the drought. When her son dies, he prays to God who promptly raises him from the dead. Then he has this miraculous victory over the prophets of Baal, only to be devastated by the Queen's threat. He runs away & begs God to let him die, claiming he's all alone & the only one left who still believes (which God points out simply isn't true). He's fed by an angel to sustain him in this long walk ending at a cave where he plops himself down & sulks. When God asks what he's doing there, he repeats his complaint (which still isn't true). God tells him to go out on the mountain so they can have a little confab & what does he do? He stays right where he is pouting on the floor of that cave. When God passes by in wind, earthquake & fire (3 traditional indicators of God's presence), Elijah still won't budge, claiming God isn't in any of them. It's only when God becomes completely silent that Elijah peeks outside, ostensibly to see whether God has really left for good, only to find that God is still there. And God's response? It's okay, I understand your tired. This has been a lot. All I ask is that you do this one thing. Go & anoint Elisha to take your place as well as those who will rule from this point forth. You've earned your rest. It's time to retire. Okay, so that's probably a whole lot more than you wanted to hear. And yes, I will admit to a little eisegesis mixed in with my exegesis on Elijah & that it's possible to read his story differently. The point I'm trying to make is, move full steam ahead with your positivism & confidence with your faith. Many if not most will respond well to this prescription & find their joy in the Lord once more. But be sensitive to those who, when you come down with Jesus from the mount of transfiguration, have demons that can only be driven out by prayer. St. John of the Cross speaks of the "dark night of the soul" where the only consolation we can find as believers is the assurance that, if we continue to believe though we receive no consolations, just maybe our faith is for real. That's not a joyous place to be. Depression commonly accompanies it. When you come across those with demons your prescriptions cannot cast out, be sensitive to them. I hope that you are able to receive this in the spirit with which it is intended. I heartily applaud & enthusiastically support your joy in the faith & the way you express it here. Just please remember that it won't always work, that claiming victory in this way is not always possible--meaning, it's not always what God has in mind for each & every individual. Some are called to a more sober, less joy-filled journey.

  • Novel Allen12 months ago

    My favorite is the vampire at the blood bank-i so love vampires though. If you can't find the prescribed pills buy a punching bag and pretend it is the problem. HMMMM i will now take my own advice. Great one Tiffany

  • Deanna Fratus12 months ago

    I love this wholeheartedly. Wonder job.

  • Grz Colm12 months ago

    Uh this was lovely!!! And “the fold like a cheap lawn chair” image! 🤣 Brilliant.

  • C. H. Richard12 months ago

    Yes so well said! Many hearts ♥️♥️♥️

  • Gina C.12 months ago

    Felt this ❤️ Your words here are powerful. Well done!!

  • Cendrine Marrouat12 months ago

    During my 10-year+ depression, I was never hungry, so I didn't eat much, even sweets. But yes, I was in a foetal position most days. The doses of medication are on point. ;-) Great poem and important message. Continue telling it like it is! More people need to know. Thank you!

  • But I don't know where to get those meds from your prescription 🥺🥺🥺 Anyway, this was such an uplifting poem! Thanks so much for this, Tiffy!

  • Mariann Carroll12 months ago

    I love your prescription for depression , power to you 🥰🥳

  • Tell it like it is Cousin Tiff!!!

  • Dana Crandell12 months ago

    Well done!

  • Dean F. Hardy12 months ago

    Well done

  • Babs Iverson12 months ago

    Woohoo!!! Love this!!!

  • Caroline Jane12 months ago

    Pow!!! 👊👊👊 Would not want to be depression sat on any of those chairs!! Well done!

  • Antoinette L Brey12 months ago

    never give in, fight for the life you deserve. very good

  • Lamar Wiggins12 months ago

    Wow! that was great. If I was depression, I would run the other way!

  • Dana Stewart12 months ago

    I hope this gets 50 cc's of Top Story! You rocked it! (again!)

  • Cathy holmes12 months ago

    This is fabulous, Tiff. Well done.

  • Sufficiently written ❤️😉🎯📝💯Great Piece❗❗❗

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