This week’s poem, “Jumpstart,” addresses the paradox of depression, which affects tens of millions of Americans and has touched my life – both in my own experience and in that of family and friends. In my opinion, being depressed is like having a dead battery and needing a jumpstart for your car. The thing is, the nature of depression is such that you may not want that jumpstart because, paradoxically, you’re too depressed to seek it out or even to receive it. It’s like you need the jumpstart in order to get the jumpstart. And what is one to do on the outside – loving someone who is depressed, offering tools and resources and hand-holding, only for all those offerings to be shot down, one after another? That’s the topic I explored in my poem this week. I welcome your thoughts as always.