Black Dog (or The Black Dog Always Rings Twice)

Black Dog (or The Black Dog Always Rings Twice)

A Chapter by Louis McKraker

NOTE

It was known that, throughout most of his adult life,

Sir Winston Churchill suffered with arbitrary bouts of depression.

He coined his malady "black dog." This is a tribute to the man and the legend.









   I.

The entity at my door

Moves to find a way in through a window,

Or up through the floor,

And into me like none I've known before.



   II.

It rings once,


Knowing I am alone--


It rings twice--


A king, I hide


In the shadow of my throne.



   III.

He might not ring again,

Until months have gone by.

He could appear on the wind,

And as quickly pass me on by;



   IV.

Or he could show his teeth at

The very second I open the door.

And if it shows to be that

Is the case, I might not fair well anymore--



   V.

I might never be well again,

As I had before

The entity that darkened my door

Found way in through a window,

Or up through the floor,

And into me like none I've known before.



   VI.

It rings once,


Knowing I am alone--


It rings twice--


A king, I weep


In the shadow of my throne.



   VII.

Now the chance for me to concede peacefully

May never come again;

If I should be so cavalier as to face this entity--

Or, even worse, to let him in.



   VIII.

The black dog has no sympathy,

Nor does he rest peacefully on my porch;

But he comes so insidiously,

Fearing neither flame or torch,



   IX.

As the entity that darkens my door

Moves to find way in through a window,

Or up through the floor,

And into me like none I've known before.



   X.

It rings once,


Knowing I am alone--


It rings twice--


A king, I hide


In the shadow of my throne.



© 2019 Louis McKraker


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7's
these lines "it rings once..." creates a melody like a background score after some lyrical well empathized works.
all other lines explains you the scenes and these part binds you again to reset and read to completion... that off-beat really renews the rhythm with same tone each time.
great lyrical poetic work.

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Louis McKraker

8 Months Ago

Thank you so much. I'm happy you enjoyed it. This was a really weird trial and error poem for me.
7's

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keep it safe for ever for me...
all to the musical works...
try your wierd hands on ly.. read more
Louis McKraker

8 Months Ago

i actually have a song and lyric collection, but it almost seemed tacky against all of my other work.. read more



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There is no getting around that old dog, when he shows up.

Your poem is a very lyrical tribute to a great man who rallied a nation in its blackest hour.

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7's
these lines "it rings once..." creates a melody like a background score after some lyrical well empathized works.
all other lines explains you the scenes and these part binds you again to reset and read to completion... that off-beat really renews the rhythm with same tone each time.
great lyrical poetic work.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Louis McKraker

8 Months Ago

Thank you so much. I'm happy you enjoyed it. This was a really weird trial and error poem for me.
7's

8 Months Ago

keep it safe for ever for me...
all to the musical works...
try your wierd hands on ly.. read more
Louis McKraker

8 Months Ago

i actually have a song and lyric collection, but it almost seemed tacky against all of my other work.. read more

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