The Junky's Daughter

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She’s a chubby little girl.

She didn’t get that from you

or her mom

Because even before you were junkies

You didn’t have any meat on you.


You have a striped t shirt

draped over another t shirt

and it reads: GRUNGE IS DEAD.

The slogan is prophetic.


There’s something sweet

In your face

As you beam over her.

She looks at you with wonder as

her tiny hand clings to your finger

as if she knows

you’ll be gone soon.

She doesn’t know

You’re a famous millionaire junky.

She just knows

you’re daddy

and you make her feel safe.


But right now, you don’t know.

You see her grown up.

with your

Beautiful blue eyes

long blonde hair

and her mom’s superfluous nose.


You hope she only gets

your sweetness and your efficacy.

Your empathy.


But, right now you don’t know

that you’ll be gone soon.

You’re happy just to be in this moment

with this bean shaped

little girl that you love

almost enough to stop.





all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price, October 2011



my tribute to Kurt Cobain



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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks LABrashear... and thanks also for the share!


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LABrashear 4 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

Beautiful and sad. I'm glad you sent me over for a read. Voted up and sharing.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Jacqui! I appreciate the read!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Cindy. You and I are about the same age. I turned 14 the summer after he died. His 45th birthday is on monday and I'm hoping to have a hub up for him by then. Thanks for commenting!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks, Cloud. It was was def an experiement for me.


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

Wow, what a fantastic poem. A lot of people seem to waste their lives and don't realize how beautiful life can be without the demon drugs. Loved the photo. Brilliant as ever. Voted up - awesome.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I was 14 was Cobain died. It was sad for a lot of us. It seems the life of a superstar is short lived. It burns hotly and brightly and then loses its light before it's supposed to. Voted up and awesome.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Funny start, and pretty cool finish as well, great poem PDX, its a differing style but I liked it though. Nice!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Kelly, thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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KellyPittman 5 years ago from Walker, LA

You did it again. Awesome.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Hillbilly, thank you. It is tragic the way the rich and famous throw their lives away. Then again, it does go to show you that they are only mere human beings, as we all are, and should not be placed upon the pedestals we place them on.

Dim, thank you. That's the line that started this poem for me.

Jinny, thanks and indeed. The music we grow up on is the music that sticks with us through the years. It's hard to let go!


JinnyMarte 5 years ago

Ahhhh how I still love the music of Kurt Cobain & Nirvana...

I never really tried to understand the reason why things happened the way they did or why Courtney Love is so crazy but what i know is that when a child is left behind in the middle of such turmoil and confussion and grief, we can only prey they would turn out good. It is a moving piece what you wrote here. In my opinion very open and deep, an open call to reflect on the matter in retrospective. Great work dude!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

'''Almost enough to stop' says it all and boy did you say it well,. Awesome the way you conveyed the sadness in words,,


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Hillbilly Zen 5 years ago from Kentucky

The last line just broke my heart. The comment you made about Cobain being the first one you cried over got me thinking about different generations' grief. I first wept for Janis. The names change, the music changes, but the grief for lost brilliance stays the same.

Voted up and beautiful. Nicely done, PDX.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

@Jha, thanks for sharing.I grieve over junkies like Kurt Cobain every day. i just read that his daughter is now engaged. I'm glad that she has been able to move on, despite a dead father and a crazy ass mother.


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jhamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

Voted up and awesome...Thank You for sharing.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Twila, thanks for stopping by!


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twilanelson 5 years ago from Carmichael, California

Wonderful poem with an intense story and sad ending. Thank you !


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

ya, I I ws pretty moved by that line when I saw that i had written it :-)

Thanks so much for stopping by, and for the follow.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

"little girl that you love almost enough to stop" you speak volumes pdx...

Up and awesome you are!!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks sunshine and exploring. I've seen pictures of Frances now and she looks a lot like her mom (with her dad's big blue eyes), but she seems happy and healthy


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

OMG, this brought a chill, how very sad when someone has it all, yet waste their lives on drugs. Awesome write..


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I hope Frances learns from her parents mistakes and stays clean. Rockin' poem!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

@ Movie Master: Thank u. I agonized over these pictures more then I have in any other HUB I've written.

@ Racinwa: A a child of the 90's, Kurt Cobain was a hero of mine growing up. I've done a lot of study and research about his life and death and the other day, when I was looking at some of the pictures of him and his daughter, it made me very sad for her. That was my inspiration.

@ B. Malin- I hope he would have!

@ Saddlerider. Thanks for stopping by. If you check out the book Love and Death (it's under one of the amazon.com links) you'll see there's more then some truth to what I'm saying! The truth must be told!


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

I've seen the evil that drugs leave, ruined lives. A wanting for more, the need the desire, the hell without. Yes many die and many more will as long as drugs are here there will always be pain. There is truth in what you claimed about Courtney.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

It's SO Sad, when the Rich and talented don't know how to Enjoy Life unless they use Drugs...and their Children are really the victims. Amazing piece of Poetry Karaoke Guy, nice Tribute...Kurt Cobain would have liked this one.


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

i'm just curious on where did you get the inspiration on this poem...


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Awesome poetry and well chosen pictures!

Thank you for sharing and voting up. Best wishes MM


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for the reads and the comments. As a child of the 90's Kurt Cobain was the first celebrity I cried over. I know he made a lot of poor decisions, but don't we all? His were just played out public ally. By the way, Courtney Love killed him.


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nasake 5 years ago from England

That was amazing! Such a shame that it happened. Junkies die, but not often do we reflect on the poor children that are involunatirly born into that life.


newday98033 5 years ago

Nice zinger!


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AmaTainted 5 years ago from Texas

sweet... he missed out on so much! she is beautifil and he a fool... fame is not life but the love of a child is.

beautiful and up!


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chrisam01 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

Awesome! and love the pictures you chose for it.

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