Light Question

When you think about it, it’s amazing how sunshine, or the lack thereof, affects our mood and sense of well being. Given all that is happening in the world and with our economy, the short days and overcast skies (for those not blessed with living in a place like Southern California) that come with this time of the year seem like insult added to injury. All of us are influenced by how much light we receive in our lives, but some more so than others. Hence, the following poem:


Seasonal Affective Disorder


Why not something less clinical.

like the sunset blues?

or perhaps, rather, winter’s spell?


Till autumn recalls April, dues

are paid in sunshine,

a loss that lights the shortened fuse,


turning kin into things unkind,

thoughts to puddled mud.

Watch a grandfather clock unwind


until one’s sense of bad and good

looms inconsistent

as his or her shifting mood,


where nothing makes an impression,

huddled under cover,

but this dissembling depression


over the life of friend and lover,

waiting for the swell

of spring, when hell freezes over.


John Pidgeon

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10 Responses to Light Question

  1. Beth says:

    I definitely suffer from SAD. I have to have bright lights on in every room I am in. I am on a countdown for Spring now. I can\’t wait for the bright sunshiny days. I hope you are enjoying a great weekend Jorge.

  2. sweeti's says:

    Trye Jorgethats why we use Light Therapy for depression..when spring starts with days with sun Ppl are positiv…Days are getting longerits a yearly returning phenomenonSmileMJ

  3. Holy says:

    My first thought was, what the heck is Mr. Southern Cal doing posting a SAD poem – sun is not something you lack – although this winter has been colder everywhere, my condolences to you that you may have had to turn your furnace on a couple of times this winter. :)But you know, I have to say, poets really are seers because I think my soul just got stared at by Monsieur Pidgeon. I don\’t know where SAD begins/ends and all the others like hormonal imbalance and economic malaise, etc. pick-up. I do miss the sun from Alberta – tremendously – we never really lacked for it – even on a minus gajillion celcius day.I suppose that\’s why I\’ve begun cyber shopping for a sun and sand vay-cay… search of the yellow ball in the sky.TC,Holy

  4. Charlotte says:

    Good poem on SAD… I just read through your blogs… I loved the one on the word!! Hope all is well with you and thanks for stopping in to comment on my blog.. hugs, lottemae

  5. Gayle says:

    Yes, some winter days are exactly just like that!

  6. PJ says:

    Good Evening Jorge!!Thank you so much for the poem. Yes, even my entry prior to the latest one was informative on my state of well being. LOL. SADD is definitely a ligitimate condition that I have personally fought with. Until next time..Keep Smiling.Paula

  7. Kathryn says:

    It\’s funny Jorge – when I moved to my mountain cove here in Killian Knob – the SAD left me – the nightmares are way fewer now too and only when I\’m really stressed or something haunts me — the cold and more dark is peaceful instead of depressing — this is truly where I belong in every sense of all the senses…and thank you for your comment left on my blog (hug)

  8. Neora Chana says:

    love this and the \’one question\’ as well…..b\’shalom

  9. Deborah says:

    Great poem, thanks for sharing. Here in the Northwest many people suffer from SAD. Glad I\’m not one of them. It has been so foggy the last few days, and cold. But I am back on-line at home, all the TV\’s work and the phones and fax as well. Nice.Blessed be

  10. Fenix says:

    Hello Jorge, thanks for stopping in my space.I hope you have a great year…Spring is coming soon and the sun will make happy our heartHugs

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