For those of you who know me, you will know that I have struggled with depression. It has been a very ugly battle…but it wasn’t always this way. It wasn’t until the birth of my fourth child that I experienced a full blown postpartum depression and it seemed to tilt the axis of my world just enough that I have been battling it ever since.

Last year was the worst of it, shaking my entire belief system and threatening to take me into the darkness. For good. After much help, medication and a great counselor, I have been able to emerge again. I am a changed person and I am still trying to learn who I am.

This poem was written during the beginning stages of my last major depression. I am a singer and a piano player and the kind of “music therapy” I had come to use and love through my lifetime just wasn’t helping like it always had. This is a reflection of me grasping at straws to pull myself to redemption.


Redemption lies between

the stark ebony and ivory.

Coming in the cadence

the stanza

the turn;

Tucked in the octave amidst the

half and the whole.

Redemption comes among

warm, worn, well loved melody.

Coming in the pause

the search

the attack;

Welcoming as cool turns to fervor

Fingers slipping over glossy keys.

Redemption comes in the midst

of the pensive warble

Coming in the reach

the swell

the crescendo

Pairing measure with articulated mettle

Cushioning, sheltering, dolce legato.

Redemption hides in the

rise of sacred, unassuming anthems.

Coming in flashes troppo

of brilliance

of invocation;

Infusing emptiness and desolation internal

Healing blemishes consummate to overflowing.

Redemption comes with each inflection

wafting–heaven bound.

It is perfect solace in its earthly entry;

Ebbing its flow to decrescendo.


Even now my music doesn’t redeem me like it once did. I miss it. However, I am finding new ways and learning about things that are opening up my experience…and I am really enjoying them.

Hello new, improved Jen?


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