The Invasion of Sadness

     When I wrote this, as you will know after reading, I had a pervasive feeling of sadness, without any apparent reason. The condition came and went, without warning or explanation for a few days. I still don’t know what caused it, but I know it produced a pretty good poem, at least in my, less- than-humble opinion. I am going through another round of emotions right now, not the sadness, but the lazy-minded mood, I haven’t written anything for a while and I took a brief hiatus, just for the sake of getting away from self-imposed responsibility of publishing a blog on a daily basis. I hope this phase will quickly pass as well.

Have a terrific Tuesday,


The Invasion of Sadness

 Why do I feel so sad?

What is the cause?

I have no grounds, nor reason.

Have I gone now, passed mad?

Whilst sorrow wells in waves,

from heart to head,

slowly, inward rising,

yet still, I know not, why grave.

But, indeed the grief invades.

Surging ever forward,

overwhelming all defenses,

   without the sharpened blade.


 Jack Downing

Feb. 2012

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13 Responses to The Invasion of Sadness

  1. Hi, Jake! I hope all is well with you. Yeah, the poem is well written. So thanks for sharing! Take care.

    • Thank you for your well-wishes, Aina. Everything is fine..I’m just not having any creativity at the moment..’My ‘creativesails’have beendeprived of thewind, and I amadrift in the doldrums, whilstawaiting only, the slightest ofbreezes, and a following sea.’ Thank you again Aina.


  2. jpotblogg says:

    I can relate! For at times sadness visits us just to let its presence be known and maybe because we are too happy lately that it wants to remind us of its existence. 🙂

    • Life’s “Wake-up Call” so to speak…Thanks Jen you are a very perceptive lady.. There’s an old saying “Never get too high, and never get too low.” to which I add. “For neither’s here to stay, and both be soon to go.” Thanks again for your support. Jake.


  3. If we didn’t have sadness, we wouldn’t recognize happiness when it came around. I guess it’s ok to have a bout of laziness once in awhile, too. Kick back, relax and enjoy it. 🙂

    • Ariadne, I really don’t want to “enjoy” it. It is rather disconcerting to me right now, I am not putting enough (any) timeor energy into. But I’m sure it will only take the right “trigger” to getit started again..So for now I’ll muddle through. Thanks for the words of encouragement, they mean a lot to me.. Jake.


  4. Beth Ann says:

    Sadness is okay sometimes I think! Hope you work through this phase and yes—lazy is okay, too! The daily posting can get to be a grind and when it does it is smart to take a break and regroup!!! Could really identify with this poem –we have all been there. 🙂

    • Thanks Beth Ann, you are a truly wise woman, and I appreciate your thoughts. The sadness part is long gone, (at least for now) but, it’s the lack of creativity that is bothering me, right now. I hope all is well with you. I knowfrom reading your blog that mom is doing well and I will assume the rest of the clan is as well. Your friend, Jake. Ps.. I got an e-mail from your friend, who isrunning the Marthon in April.. It’s been a long time since I “hung around” in Boston so my familiarity with the current situation there, is limited. She is staying at the Hyatt, which is close to Chinatown and as far as food is concerned she won’t need my help there. However, Iam usingmy daughter Rachel as a sounding board and I am waiting to hear back from her. Just so you know if you should communicate with your friend before I do.. J.


      • Beth Ann says:

        Oh I am glad the sadness is gone and I am sure you will get your mojo back soon!!! Thanks so much for giving Becky some “advice”!!! She is one of my longest time friends—high school—and she is one of the best people around. Plus she is a running nut which I simply don’t understand! 🙂 Thanks for helping her out!!! And for asking Rachel to help, too!!!! You’re the best!

      • Ah, go on,you say that to all the bloggie boys. I justhope I can be of some help to her. I don’t understand the running, jogging, walking thing either..That’s why we have cars…Isn’t it?


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