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Below is the poem entitled Borderlands which was written by poet Jeff Rich. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I read a journalist’s quotes
Telling a new theory
That depression is good for you -
At least, good for the species.

All that rumination -
some scientist on the make
reckons in his latest piece –
Sets us free.

Most remarkable of all:
They are dogged, the depressed – 
he says, this scientist who I ain’t met.
They crack through with new ideas.

Well, nice theory, mate:
But you never asked me.
And if persistence is the same as being stuck,
I guess you’ve got me.

But depression gives me no 
evolutionary advantage for art.
It does not serve this artist’s work.
It has cursed me.

Thirty years of wandering now
- lost, not persisting - 
In the borderlands
Where reason and his twin fight.

Not knowing which is which
for days at a time.
Forgetting all the great plans
Laid but a fortnight ago.

Eternally disappointed.
Ever distrustful of the latest thought.
Each day of life needing
More simplicity -
A list of simple tasks – 
a run, good sleep, small sessions of writing.

Yes, literature and creation
Loom large to keep this life going.

But without my pills
Those creations would have sunk 
Under the weight of my own confusion.

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  1. Date: 8/30/2010 10:27:00 AM
    Wow I missed reading a lot of excellent poetry this past weekend. Thank you for sharing your writing with us. Hoping you have a wonderful week filled with inspiration Jeff. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/29/2010 7:52:00 PM
    So enjoyed your creative write tonight... there are many contests offered on the Soup... check them out and enter.. good luck..with luv..

  1. Date: 8/29/2010 7:22:00 PM
    interesting write, enjoyed this one..P.D.

  1. Date: 8/29/2010 6:32:00 PM
    Nice thoughts on depression well expressed , Jeff