Heroin hellishness

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Heroin hellishness

Venomous digs from petulant kids

Streetwise, suspicious eyes

Slamming doors, sticky floors

Detox packs only for those on smack!

But I don't take drugs, where's my chocolate and sweets?

You're not dysfunctional enough to warrant extra treats!

It seems to me that society condones

An over reliance on methadone!

by Tara Carbery © October 2010

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Peanutritious 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

This is about British female prisoners. Those recovering from Alcohol addiction are given no 'reward'. Those who're recovering from Heroin addiction are given Methadone and bags of choclate, sweets and hot chocolate.

This won a 'prison award!


Poetic Fool 5 years ago

Thanks for giving us a quick glimpse into a life most of us know nothing about. It takes courage to write as you do and I would like you to commend you for it. I look forward to reading more from you. Voted up and interesting!


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Peanutritious 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Thank you very much for your comments Poetic Fool. I think it was more 'fury' and 'indignation' than 'courage'! Lovely of you to say so though!


Cathy 5 years ago

Hard hitting, witty and concise. Powerful writing!


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Peanutritious 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Thank you Cathy. x


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leni sands 5 years ago from UK

For me the first two opening lines are so powerful you just have to read on. The poem is both interesting and hard-hitting and evokes the fury and indignation that made you write it. I think Poetic Fool is quite right, 'courage' shines through every word. You are courageous to write as you do about the experiences you have endured. Keep 'em coming Tara.


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Peanutritious 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Thanks leni. I'll keep scribbling!


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MisguidedGhost16 5 years ago from Queens, New York

i appreciate the sharpness and your clever way to keep your words terse. i voted up and interesting. i was caught into the poems wrath as soon as i read the first line.


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Peanutritious 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

MisguidedGhost, you have made me feel great and glad i've joined hubpages. Thanks again!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Very interesting. I never really looked at it from this standpoint. Even in the the world of addiction there is a heirarchy of 'reward' isn't there. Voted up.

Congratulations on your prison award-what exactly was this?


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Peanutritious 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Thanks Denise. Yes, it seems that some addicts deserve better treatment than other addicts! A topic that makes me extremely cross, but you may have noticed that already! My prison award was the 'Koestler Arts award'.


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epigramman 5 years ago

...hello my dear Tara .... so nice to hear from you once again - really do love your red beret and the creative mind which wrote this harrowing piece - and yes you have one of my favorite albums on your list up above by The Velvet Underground and Nico .....featuring the song - Heroin ...... I sincerely hope all is well with you and please keep in touch - and I would love to see more writing from you, if you're so inclined.

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Peanutritious 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Thanks Epi, I have a few ideas bubbling around but need to put them to paper (I am the Queen of procrastination)! Thanks for getting in touch.


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Nurfninja 5 years ago from Earth

this is kind of beautiful, in a social activism kind of way. Thankyou for the great post!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

When I was in High school I had a drug addict friend, he is dead now. Substance abuse is a bad thing that kills more youth than any war or natural calamities.


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leenamartha 4 years ago from USA

I admire the sharpness and your clever way to keep your words terse. thanks Peanutritious to share this info with us.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

Oh !!! I didn´t want it to end... This was fabulous and so annoying . Don´t they realise how hard it is for an alcoholic.....Alcohol is seen as a normal thing to drink. It´s all around the alcoholic all the time. Coming off heroin must be hell but the drug is illegal. You´re not going to get offered it as often as someone offers alcohol. Sorry I am ranting a bit here. Love your work.


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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Nurfninja, Vinaya, leenamartha and Dim, Thank you for reading my work and taking the time to comment. I am blown away by your kind words. Dim, never be sorry for ranting. There's nothing better than a good old rant!


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Tallgardener 4 years ago from Somerset, UK

Courageous writing Peanutritious, very real and incisive, well done. Up and awesome :)


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Wow. Very powerful writing. Can't wait to read more!


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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Thanks Tall and Deborah.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

This wins an award here too!! UP++


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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

fpherj, bless you. Thanks.


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That Grrl 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

I get angry at the attitude towards obese people, who can't hide their addiction - not even for one minute of one day. Yet, it is an addiction, just a different substance.


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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

I agree with you ThatGrrl. All addictions are equally hideous. Drug and Alcohol addictions can be hidden (or at least we hope so) from some people we know whereas a food addiction can't. Not only do you have to deal with your inner demons and low self esteem you have to deal with others making assumptions without even knowing you. Thanks for making that very valid point. I hadn't considered it that much before but realise how depressing and hurtful it must be. Many people (sadly) are cruel and ignorant. Wouldn't it be awful though, to be that narrow minded and judgemental? We may have our problems but at least we have the ability to empathise with others.

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