I speak to the spaces between all things,
that timeless dimension where all things are possible
and ask for your assistance.
To help a friend who has lost his way
and become blind to your grace,
your unconditional love for us all.
I recognize my own helplessness,
my inability to help him alone.
Circumstances have led him to believe
that he is not loved,
that, in fact, he is not worthy of it.
He has come to believe
that he is alone, isolated
and banished from the good company
of his friends and family.
Many of those people have ridiculed him.
They blame him for his misfortune
and now reject his friendship.
He has taken to the addictive self-medication
of strong drink in excess
in an effort to ease his pain.
Even though this only carries him
down the spiral road deeper into darkness,
into self-pity, guilt and defeat.
He has lost much of his consciousness.
It has become so narrow
that he forgets his own spiritual dimension
and your presence within it.
Now, he can only see
his own pain and loneliness,
the illusion of the absence of love.
I fear that, in his depression,
he may seek his own demise,
in fact, it is possible,
that by taking the alcohol road,
he has already done so.
So I pray to you
to help him break the delusion,
the cycle of defeat he is trapped in,
and to raise his consciousness
so that he can see once again,
all the wonder and beauty of life,
the love that many of his friends
still hold for him,
and, of course, the grace of your
ever-present and all powerful
compassion and love.
It is for this, o spirit,
that I ask your assistance
and thank you again for your divine presence
in my own life,
— Russell Rosander
While most of us spend the holidays with family, friends and loved ones it is important to remember that depression does not take a holiday. Russell Rosander's poem reminds us to be our brother's keeper.
An artist and poet living in the Costalegre of Mexico, Russell Rosander is also a co-founder of the Bar None Group. Russell hosts weekly readings and discussions on poetry, art, music and literature...but mostly poetry at Chynna's Backstage Bar in Barra de Navidad, Mexico. You can find more of Russell's writing at Russell Rosander Short Stories where Prayer for a Friend Suffering from Depression first appeared.
Russell has two new limited edition volumes of poetry — The Creator is the Devil and Heart of One — available for purchase at his weekly Friday appearances at Hector's Corner Bar in Barra de Navidad. Copies are also available at Babalu's Café and Books in Melaque, Jalisco, Mexico.