Doc or as his friends call him, Pop's,  is the former host of the weekly radio show, Outlaws 4 Christ Radio and was also the host of the children's cable show, "Body-Slam On Drugs", a program that was geared toward educating children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. The show was produced in association with a North Jersey Police Department and aired for over three years. This all came about when that local Police Department saw Doc co-hosting a weekly Pro-Wrestling TV show, "Wrestling Tracks U.S.A." They contacted him about their idea and after a short meeting, they all came to an agreement and the show was born.

Now, the man known as The Depressed Poet is the host of the podcast, The Coffee and Prayer Series, and what does coffee have to do with prayer?  Says Doc, at the ripe old age of being in my late 60's,  coffee has become my so-called drug of choice these days and when both "Coffee and Prayer" come together, my personal world is a much better place to be in.  You can learn more about the series by clicking on the podcast link.

To know Doc Dalton, it is important to understand that all the above existed and still exists while his life has been overcome with major depression disorder and Anxiety . Doc has lived with this  for well over 35 years.  He walked away from two cable shows and a radio show because of it. It just became too much for him mentally to handle and one day he just said, I can't do this anymore, and he literally walked away meaning, he got up walked out of the production and never came back.

Being hospitalized for this on a number of occasions actually became his turning point, so to speak. This all happened when a doctor suggested to him to try his hand at poetry. Truthfully Doc says, I thought the doctor was crazier than I was, but I couldn't leave because  I was locked in and at that point I thought, why not? That's when it all changed. He started writing and he couldn't stop. He wrote about things that shocked him because many of his new thoughts were things he never thought of before.

He started writing a lot of what he calls God Poetry and was amazed at his feelings, but even more amazed because whenever he wrote, it was as if his mind was able to block everything else out and that gave him moments of peace from a world that was truly destroying him. Doc is 100% positive in saying that he truly believes, poetry saved his life.

Americana Roots artists Ray Wylie Hubbard and Darrel Scott, unknowingly help as well. They write some crazy stuff that helps Doc keep his head together at 2 a.m. when he was walking what he calls, the floors of hell. Another is Irish poet, Pat Ingoldsby who writes some really great words. But out of everyone, he says the kindest person that inspired him and still does even though he is no longer here, is and was his dad. He was a sweet soul, an angel who walked the planet and Doc feels lucky to have had him, in his life.

Doc says, "I just can't seem to write about him, and I think the reason for that is, he was just a gentle, kind spirit that I just can't seem to put down on paper. Want to know more about him, come speak to me, and you will quickly understand by the tears in my eyes exactly what I mean. He is gone 27 years and I still talk to him every day along with mom, another sweet angel, who is gone 25 years. Two sweet souls who took me in when they didn't have to. I am adopted and they were old enough to have been my grandparents and they became everything to me. If I could be just half  to my daughter and now my granddaughter as those two people were to me, it would be a perfect ending. Let me say this, if those two sweet angels aren't sitting in heaven, then my ass doesn't want to go."

When asked about his poetry and what type of poet he considers himself to be, the answer is always the same. Doc in no way considers himself a great poet, WHY? Because bottom-line is, "I am just not. In no way do I even consider myself even a good poet. WHY? Because bottom-line again is, I am just not." What I am, is just a man who stumbles through his words, so he can make it through his days. If there was no poetry, I promise you, there would be no Doc Dalton. But thank God for the friends in my head because we have some great conversations followed by some dysfunctional yet creative writing moments that are always followed by a few laughs along the way. As strange as this might sound, in some magical way, we all keep our inner selves together, when it seems like all the magic and laughter somehow becomes lost. It's frightening, yet in an offbeat way, nice, real nice.

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