Churchill, The Black Dog by I.M. NOSFERATU

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Winston Churchill called his “dark periods” The Black Dog. This poem is for all those of us who have ever wrestled (or continue to wrestle) with The Black Dog. In this piece, a name is given to the Black Dog. It is a mash-up of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Winston Churchill quotes.


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To be or not to be

Is not the question at hand

Rather the relevant inquiry

Is how to stand toe to paw

With Churchill, the Black Dog,

In a sea of troubles and not

To suffer his slings and arrows

Perchance to dream

What dreams may come

And vanquish him for a time

Only to have him arise again

During our waking hours

Like some demon Phoenix

That taunts and tempts us

To shuffle off this mortal coil

For once and for all

Solitary trees if they grow at all

Grow strong

Never never never give up



by I.M. Nosferatu

IMNOSI.M. Nosferatu hails from Gehenna (look it up). He has an encyclopedic mind for horror, sci-fi, paranormal, and the occult. He has myriad other hobbies and interests which may not be appropriate to print here (or to divulge at all), but his mission in life (and death) at least for our purposes, is to find good (or as he puts it “sick”), spine-chilling, blood-curdling media in the horror genre and tout it to the world. He is a straight shooter and calls ‘em like he sees ‘em. He will not suffer fools, sycophants, ass-kissers, brown-nosers, and other suck-ups. Pillow Talking is thrilled to have him on board as a guest blogger despite having never met him face-to-face and dealing solely through emails (at odd hours of the night).

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