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Happiness and Depression


Happiness and depression
Lie side by side
Like twins in the womb
Feeding off the same system
Each trying to get the best of the being

Like two sides of a bean
A dichotomy of opposites
Battling for attention
They co-exist
Trying to control feelings
And striving to dominate

One moment
Happiness prevails
Refusing to be put down
Yelping like a puppy
Nibbling at the ankles
And prancing excitedly

Then depression pushes her aside
And takes over
In her overwhelming way
Like a snakebite
Releasing her venom
Through the veins
And clouding the day

How can it be
That two so diverse
Can co-exist
Tugging at each other
Striving for control
Like Jacob and Esau
In Rebecca’s womb?

By Matilda Moyo
16 May 2011


olutosin's picture


I know why i behave the way i do now...

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


Sharese's picture


Love this. The imagery paints such a vivid picture. My black print on white screen does not do it justice.

Just wow.

In love and gratitude,


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