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.