Black Dog by Steve Lay

Black dog jumping up and down,
chasing its tail all around,
Keeps playing but it comes with a bite,
throw its toy to it, comes with a fight
Can’t just leave it at home,
so that is free to roam,
give a dog a bone,
chasing after you.

Walking my way home tonight,
looked up yonder the sky was bright,
Suddenly like a Tidal wave,
the bright was gone and it gave way
Moon of blood, pool of black,
ten ton weight I felt on my back,
weighing me down, I felt like I could drown.

Black dog running through the fog,
searching for the light,
Walking in a direction looking for a light,
walking in a direction looking for the bright
Gives new meaning to the feeling,
lights are on who is at home.
Black dog hanging around your neck
Black dog not wagging its tail on closer inspect.


©  Steve Lay

Excerpt form the book “I Have A Name”

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I Have a Name

Preface  . . .  

We live in a society whereby there is an astounding increase in what is known as ‘the invisible disorders.’  We may be living with one or more of them ourselves, or perhaps it could be our parent, our child, our grandchild or the person working at the desk beside us.  These hidden, or not so hidden disorders are a part of our modern-day life, symptoms of hereditary, dietary, metabolic or chemical unbalances in the body – yet they exist and are very real for the person who lives daily with any of them.

There are many people silently suffering as a result.  They are walking through life feeling lost, unsupported, misunderstood and alone; yet there is hope in acceptance and inclusion.  There is hope when we give these disorders a voice, a name, a face and a place in society.  The collection within these pages are voices, names and faces; the accounts of real people by real people.  They either live with a disorder or have been deeply touched by knowing someone who does.

It is with my profound thanks to all the contributors, for opening themselves up, with the willingness to share these experiences with the world.  “You Have a Name.”

Brenda-Lee Ranta,  author of Allegories, and Myriad of Perceptions

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