Dear Mr Black Dog

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Dear Mr Black Dog,
Don't think by these tears
That I'm beat, in defeat
After all of these years
Of you growling and howling
And prowling around
Up inside of my head
A soundtrack
That pound, pound, pound
Pounds back incessantly
Down all my days,
A constant critique of my words
And my ways
And how everyone hates me;
How they don't like my songs;
How I hurt those I love;
How I only do wrong;
How am I so stupid?
How can I not see,
That they're not really cheering
But laughing at me?
How I can't see the damage I do;
And then how,
A less selfish man
Would have give up by now.

Some days the tears come
But by them I swear
That's not me defeated
I've just come up for air.
And yes there's been damage-
Emotional cost-
But the fact I'm still standing here
Means that you lost.

So Dear Mr Black Dog
Come on, do your worst.
I'm staring you down
And I will not blink first.


from The Future Needs Us Now, released January 6, 2017
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Joe Solo Scarborough, UK

Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough.

Live he has an ever growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath.

He is not an artist you forget in a hurry.
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