Depression I sit entombed within the mire of my mind Estranged from swirling whirl of worlds beyond my sphere Of being. Flailing, failing in despair to find An exit from the clutch of the eternal “here.” My muted screams unheard amidst the Sturm und Drang Of catatonic angst and death’s cacophony— A diabolic din akin to the harangue Of Siren-song’s seduction to catastrophe. If only like Odysseus I could be lashed Secure, transfixed upon a mast until the sound And fury fade away to silence at the last, And in sweet blissful peace to find myself unbound. As like a miner, trapped within a rock-sealed tomb, In helpless hope I dream of light within my gloom. Bio: James A. Tweedie has lived in California, Utah, Scotland, Australia, Hawaii, and presently in Long Beach, Washington. He has published six novels, three collections of poetry, and one collection of short stories with Dunecrest Press. His poetry was awarded First Place in the 2021 Society of Classical Poets Poetry Competition, the Laureate’s Choice Award in the 2021 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, and the quarterly prize for Best Poem from The Lyric.