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27 Apr

After Depression

After Depression


Kassem Oude


Kassem Oude (1955 - ) is a poet and teacher from Baalbek, Lebanon. He teaches French at an elementary public school. He regards himself as forever a student. He loves novels and novelties and believes that poetry is an expression of personality. Five years of psychological illness has shaped his writing and fortified him to face challenges boldly. At peace with himself, Oude today lives happily sans a pill. In “After Depression”, the poet tells us about the stages of his mental rehabilitation and recuperation. The poem beautifully juxtaposes the before and the after.


Like a man was in jail

In his cell still alone

Went out and did prevail

Back to life and its dawn


Fears from chest did disappear

Open to me the heaven gate

Mind acute and so clear

All my time recalculate


People around become nice

Full smile my face regains

Luck to me opens twice

In large joy I remain


Every minute of life counts

Little things have meaning

Like more rain after drought

Returned love as sacred being.

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