The Dark Road - Book of Poetry treats depression and addictions

The Dark Road's Author David L. Rogers where he once sat homeless

When you think of 'therapy" for deep depression, anxiety, or drug and alcohol rehab, one doesn't usually think of poetry, but for one man it is just that.

David L. Rogers wrote his book of poetry at a time in his life when he was trying to rid himself of his addiction prone lifestyle that had lead him down so many dead-end roads - often ending with him in jail.

 A resolve to overcome his demons was one thing, and a support network of family, friends/spouse and community helped too, but David needed something more to help him in times when he could feel the old winds blowing.

The poems he subsequently wrote, often act as a reminder as to where he's been and that the dark roads lead nowhere. David feels anyone can relate to the book and that by reading them people then know that they are not alone, that others have felt the same helplessness they have felt and with that knowledge it assists the healing process.

'This Book proves you're not alone. People may say it, but this book proves it. When people read it they can relate to it, and it makes them feel better knowing they're not alone." David L. Rogers

A number of factors came into play that lead David down those roads, with one being an undiagnosed deep depression which he now receives treatment for, but his disposition was rooted as far back as grade school where he and his brothers would be mocked for their "poor" appearance, coming from a low income home with no running water. At one period in time, for about 4 months, as a punishment they'd lock David in a storage room during school lessons, letting him out only for lunch and then back in again he'd go. When he got bigger he lashed out predictably.

I've known the gruff sounding, yet gentle souled David, for a few years now as he volunteered without fail every Thursday at the York Region Food Network, helping to box up and load grocer donated packaged food and toiletries which got distributed to residents in need through delivery via P.A.C.C. as well as some other groups, such as Yellow Brick House abused women's shelter which also picks up donated supplies on occasion.They stopped giving to PACC a year ago or so but David continues to volunteer there.

Although P.A.C.C. doesn't support food-banks as a solution per say - deeming them inadequate, misleading and undignified - they do recognize the desperation some have in obtaining everyday living supplies, and to that end, try to help keep the process as dignified as possible at least.

Mr. Rogers seems to have found some peace at last through poetry, both writing and reading it. His experience reminds me of other types of "art" therapies I've come to know about over the past years from people I've met, such as visual art and photo, but for some, poetry seems to work the magic.
If you'd like to read or share a copy of The Dark Road with someone you care about, contact Author David here! Only $15.

Hear readings Oct 17 at Riverwalk Commons Newmarket 7pm as David will be donating 50% of all poetry book sales to P.A.C.C. on Oct 17 - International Day for The Eradication of Poverty.

You can also hear more from David himself through our video interview which we will link for your viewing. Below, an excerpt from "The Dark Road". Tom out!

Lessons Learned

Stumbling and reaching,
Misguided and lost, 
In search of direction,
Opportunities tossed,

Needing a goal,
Wanting to succeed,
Overwhelming emptiness,
Ambition I need,

Motivation is soundless,
So many doors are shut,
Effects seem mindless,
I need out of this rut,

Not using or abusing,
Just confused that's all,
Sorry if it seems so,
I'm just afraid to fall.
David L Rogers
The Dark Road

The Dark Road...a book of poetry to help heal the addicted and depressed.
  P.A.C.C. Report by Tom Pearson

4 Response to "The Dark Road - Book of Poetry treats depression and addictions"

  1. Unknown August 25, 2012 at 6:16 PM
    Congrats Dave on getting a good message out this way. You should publish the whole collection as blog articles here.
  2. Unknown August 27, 2012 at 2:09 PM mean blog one poem at a time in a series?? Otherwise would perhaps negate book sales no?
  3. Unknown August 28, 2012 at 6:06 AM
    Not at all ... it would attract interest from people that need Dave's message of hope. It'll make his work and efforts more accessible. Better exposure for his art too. Don't paste the poems all at the same time though as it'll be more effective coming out sporatically. Create one every two weeks or so and keep them organized in a series using its own labels like ... Poetry, Depression, Addiction, David Rogers, Dark Road
  4. dave August 29, 2012 at 11:57 AM
    thanks for the friendly words Fred

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