The Secret Mission

September 9, 2015
depression, the black dog, seeking light
depression, seek light

Put a smile on the dial and look to the light!

You may have noticed it’s been a bit quiet here at Write of the Middle (WOTM).  I’ve been busy on a secret mission.  There is much yet for me to do!  As I’m going to be busy for a while, you may see a few guest posts from my blogging friends to help keep this blog active and interesting and I will pop in too when I can.  I think it will be fabulous and I can’t wait to see the guest posts prepared for you to read and view!   What an awesome community this Australian blogosphere is!!  If you are a blogger and would like to guest post here please send me an email at and we can chat!

Because I like you, I won’t keep you completely in the dark about my secret mission.  I’ve written a little bit of a poem.  It might not be what you’re expecting, so brace yourself for the read.


The Secret Mission

You can do all the right things

Apply all the good stuff

Look within intently

Care for self so gently


Yet…he can still find you


You can keep your mind busy

Do the things you love

Eat all the good stuff

Get some regular huff n puff


Yet…he can still find you


You can take all your vitamins

Inspire yourself with reading

Pay it forward by helping others

Ignore the inner pleading


Yet – he can still find you


You can still the mind with meditation

Take a regular vacation

Drink your daily quota in water

Make your work day’s a little shorter


Yet – he can still find you


Take your eye off the ball just a little

Ignore all the telltale signs

Don’t practice what you preach

You are well within his reach


Yes – he can still find you


He sniffed you out and honed on in

Your vulnerability was calling him

Before you know it, there he is

Wrapping himself around your legs


And down you fall … yes he has found you


Into the darkness where there is no joy

and nothing good is within your sight

all thoughts and tasks are hard to do

with a head full of fog and a body of glue


We’ve been here before and know what to do

Put a smile on the dial

and look to the light

Fake it till you make it

Don’t give up the fight


Get out in nature and move that body

Meet up with friends, don’t be alone

Lighten the load and get away from the screen

Tell the voice within to stop being so darn mean


Be gone black dog

You’re not wanted here

I know your weaknesses

So be scared and prepared …


to whimper and scuttle when I kick you to the curb!


Once my mission is complete all will be back to usual here at WOTM.  In the meantime, I do hope you enjoy our visiting guest bloggers and if you’re not yet one of them and would like to be, don’t miss out!  Email me at !

Ciao for now,



Linking up with My Little Drummer Boys and Steph’s Joy for #WordlessWednesday

Joining Agent Mystery Case for #WorthCasingWednesday
Bron of Maxabella Loves, Sonia of Life Love & Hiccups and
Melissa of Hugzilla for #WeekendRewind


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  • Reply Alicia September 9, 2015 at 8:09 am

    You are quite the poet! You’ve captured the black dog perfectly. x

    • Reply Min September 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Thank you Alicia! xo

  • Reply stephanie@stephsjoy September 9, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Cheering you on your mission Min!

    • Reply Min September 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      I feel it – thank you Steph! xo

  • Reply Trish September 9, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Feeling all the feels with you. Take care and make that quote your mantra.
    The only black dog I want near me is my walking buddy (can’t run at the moment).

    • Reply Min September 9, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      Feeling all the feels with you too dear Trish! Many thanks! xo

  • Reply Leanda Michelle September 9, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Beautifully expressed Min… love the poem! May your mission be mindful and fully expressed… I look forward to reading more♥

    • Reply Min September 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks so much Leanda! The poem won’t make me an overnight literary success but it was bashed out straight from my heart. This was a very hard post to press publish on! xo

  • Reply Sonia Life Love Hiccups September 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    That bloody black dog. Sending you a ton of love and positivity hun and we will be here for you anytime you need us xx

    • Reply Min September 9, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      That ton of love arrived Sonia and ever so gratefully – thank you! That black dog is a sneaky bastard! xoxo

  • Reply Ness September 9, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Great poem. You obviously haven’t lost your fighting spirit in spite of it all, so hang on to that and take care xo

    • Reply Min September 9, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks so much Ness! Don’t be fooled by my fighting spirit words though. I am a master at putting on a mask when in reality beneath it I am in a desolate pit of black worthlessness. I try my best though! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Susie | Head This Way September 9, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Min, what a beautiful and heartfelt poem. You really are a talented poet lovely lady! Best wishes for your secret mission xx

    • Reply Min September 9, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks so much Susie. Not sure the poem is anything fabulous but it was written straight from the heart. Onwards and upwards with this secret mission of mine! 😉 xo

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit September 9, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Oh wow. A secret mission! Intrigued.
    You’re a good poet.
    I on the other hand am not so good at deciphering poems. So I will have to wait to hear more about the mission.

    • Reply Min September 9, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      There’s no deciphering needed with the poem. If you read it – it’s pretty clear. 🙂

  • Reply Denyse September 9, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    So glad you pressed publish Min…Happy to help out with a guest post and will get back to you soon. I too have been having a wee battle but I am of the belief I am ‘getting to the other side” …Much love Denyse x

    • Reply Min September 9, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks so much Denyse! I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been having a bit of a battle too. There are so many people having battles out there! I’m so grateful for your offer to guest post. Much love to you too! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid September 9, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I’m pleased you pressed publish too, Min, plus you’re a poet, did you know it?! We’re all here for you, like your own virtual cheer squad and BDB (Black Dog Bodyguards) just let me know if you need any help with ye olde posts. Hugs for you xx

    • Reply Min September 9, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      I’m still not sure if I should have hit publish Sammie. Oh blow it – I’m I poet and didn’t know it! So are you! Yes it’s true! It’s nice having a virtual cheer squad and I love that acronym BDB LOL! Love it! Muchas gracias! 🙂 xoxo

  • Reply Jen September 10, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I love that image & I’m intrigued by your poem & your secret mission.

    Stopping by from Steph’s Joy

    • Reply Min September 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Many thanks Jen! 🙂

  • Reply Raychael aka Mystery Case September 10, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Thinking of you. As soon as I have some spare time, I will put my hand up for a guest post.

    • Reply Min September 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Thanks Raychael! Don’t worry yourself with a guest post. I know how busy you are! xo

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee September 10, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Really good poem. Have you entered it anywhere? I can find you a comp if you like….(and hugs to you if you’re having a rough time!!) I’m moving then OS so can’t help, but otherwise would!)

    • Reply Min September 10, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks Lydia! No I haven’t entered it anywhere. It’s a miracle I even wrote it, got it into a blog post and published it actually! lol You’re moving OS? Where? I need to catch up on your news! x

  • Reply Sandra Kelly September 10, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Your poem speaks volumes to me. Thank you for pushing publish and sharing it. Sending you strength Min. (And I love Sammie’s BDB! She is such a good egg.) Xxxxx

    • Reply Min September 10, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      That is such a compliment! Thank you Sandra! Yes Sammie’s BDB is gold! She sure is a good egg, as are you and many others who have commented here! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life September 10, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I will miss your regular posts but will be waiting here for your return once you’ve sent that black dog packing! Here’s to a successful secret mission!

    • Reply Min September 10, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      That’s such a lovely thing to say – thank you Ingrid! Onward and upward with my secret mission. Just quietly, I wish this mission allowed me to sleep but at least it means I’m up late to read and respond to these lovely comments! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama September 11, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Wow – did you write that yourself? I’m impressed! You’ve really captured the essence of the black dog.

    • Reply Min September 11, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks Janet! Yes i did write it myself – on quite a dark day (and I don’t mean dark as in cloudy or night time!). It’s not perfect but it just flowed from my heart through my fingers to the keyboard without pause. 🙂 x

  • Reply Born from Flat Bum Mum September 11, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Hi Min,

    I have had many secret missions over the years and I hope you mission is not too painful. May that big black dog shrink down from Great Dane to a manageable chihuahua size ASAP.

    Much love


    • Reply Min September 11, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks Bron – the dog is still here but shrinking I think. It’ll keep shrinking if I force myself to do what I know must be done, hence ‘The Secret Mission’. Sorry to hear you’ve had many secret missions over the years. You must be a master at slaying the dog! Thanks for your kind wishes! 🙂 x

  • Reply Bec Senyard September 11, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Min, what a beautiful poem. Take care of yourself gorgeous. Xx

    • Reply Min September 11, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks Bec! xo

  • Reply Amy@ Handbagmafia September 11, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Wonderful piece of poetry- teally captures the essence- im sorry if uoure having a rough time though xx

    • Reply Min September 11, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Thank you Amy! xo

  • Reply Allison Tait September 11, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Good luck with your mission!

    • Reply Min September 11, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks so much Allison! 🙂

  • Reply Zoe Meunier September 12, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Congratulations, that’s a really insightful poem… I’m just sorry you’ve had to have that insight! It sounds like you have the perfect attitude for battling it though, I wish you all the best.

    • Reply Min September 13, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks so much Zoe! I’ve had practice for battling it. I know what needs to be done. It’s just a matter of whether I have the energy and/or determination to do it! 🙂

  • Reply Zita September 13, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Such a great poem Min. Thinking of you and sending positive thoughts and vibes your way. Take care! x

    • Reply Min September 13, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      Thanks Zita! I’m feeling much better. 🙂 xo

  • Reply Cat@lifethroughthehaze October 2, 2016 at 7:12 am

    This is beautiful thank you for sharing xoxo

    • Reply Min October 2, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Glad you liked it Cathy. xo

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