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Deleting That Doldrum Daze: A Skeptic's Lament

What's the issue bugging, dude?

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(SALEM) - Deleting That Doldrum Daze: A Skeptic's Lament is written by writer, B. Lee Coyne (Bard at Large). is one of the few news agencies in the world that carries poetry, so enjoy this lively and thoughtful piece from Lee and let it be food for thought.

What's the issue bugging, dude?

Could it be unwelcome mood?
You convey a slight impression --
You're engulfed, lo, by Depression

Certainly it can add to strife
And, in fact, disrupt your life
If it's major type, two weeks
Will consume you, as it speaks:

"You will feel mighty sad,
Rather hopeless, rarely glad
Things that you had once enjoyed
Shall be otherwise deployed

"Worthlessness may then prevail,
Stealing wind beneath your sail
Whatever life you may have built
May upside-down be turned to guilt

"Nightmares now preempt your dream
A challenge to your self-esteem
Depression in its grip will keep
You from obtaining ample sleep

"Many nights you toss and turn
Social links you're apt to spurn
A daily downer's situation
Presents a lack of concentration

"Little things shall irritate --
You wonder: When will this abate?
Appetite is soon affected,
Old eating habits are rejected

"If feeling too much loss of pride
Your thoughts can turn to suicide"
A counterforce says--in reply:
"Medicines are worth a try

"And counseling in one you trust
Can help remove this mental rust
Exercise dilutes the mess
By extricating extra stress!"

The answer is things can improve
And you can leave your sullen groove
Depression brought under control
Can re-invent your aching soul

What a difference that can make;
Yours is that choice of step to take
So reach out to a counselor-friend
And gain a better life to spend.


NOTE: B. Lee Coyne first emerged as a Caucasian cub reporter for the Black weekly NY Voice and was assigned to cover numerous civil rights struggles. It has left its indelible mark on his mindset. He can be contacted at:

B. Lee Coyne, a NYC native, blends three careers: Journalist, Counselor, Educator. His writings have appeared in newspapers and magazines on the East and West Coasts and the Southwest. He loves the art of the interview and has covered such persons as Dr. King's 1963 "Dream" speech and Sen. William

Proxmire as an advocate for the environment. A global traveller to some 30 countries aboard, he speaks Spanish semi-fluently and very rudimentary Russian, Tagalog, German, Arabic and Hebrew.

Lee's legacy here in Salem includes launching the Salem Peace Mosaic at the YMCA and doing a radio talk show for KMUZ/88.5 FM. It airs Mondays and highlights lives of proactive, productive senior citizens. He invites you to contact him at:



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