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FROM JUNKIE PROS TO POEMS AND PROSE

Updated on June 18, 2013
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The great, Neil Young, once said," I know that most of you don't understand"

But take it from a psychedelics offspring

I can

Who as a child sat in purple closet shadows

With an empty page and crayon in hand

Finding my outlet as I "watched the needle take another man"

I wrote of family camping trips

entered in through guarded gates

of men in khaki suits with clubs on their hips

Who searched through our chests of sandwiches and potato chips

And all the while on the alabaster colored tile I danced

From a tune in my head by the "Stone's"

Singing, "Brown Sugar"

Which was the nick-name of what had been sewn into the waist of my bell-bottom pants

My mom grilled

and as my step-father tore through my clothes

confiscating his powder and pills

Nude I chilled

Now we all played inside our conjugal playground

While beyond the barbed wire

The shackled vultures hovered around

Observing all from "The watch tower" sat God

As all the picnicking junkies began to nod.

"Have you ever been experienced?" moaned Hendrix

"I have," said the newborn poet.

And I found my own high

My own outlet

And so you ask about my desire to write

Leaning over the worn keyboard the typing junkie answers

Now you know why



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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Truly an outstanding poem! This narrative has poignance and a not so vague menace as well. Good work! Will share.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much xstatic. Unfortunately it;s a very true story, but it molded me into who I am today...and I am happy, so I guess there was a reason for yesterday.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      There always is. We would not be who we are today without the benefit or harm of past experiences.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      wow... so dark and sadly beautiful...

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Beth.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I read a lot of influences here , Wayne, Hunter S. Thompson, the album by Neil Young, Tonight's the Night, William Burroughs ...... some of my favortie songwriters most definitely influence my work like the late great Warren Zevon, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Hank Williams Sr.

      This great piece has rock 'n roll sensibility written all over it - and also your very own undeniable originality as well.

      Better to burn out than fade away - sang- Neil in his tribute to Johnny Rotten (although maybe it shoud be Sid Vicious because John Lydon is still alive and well, ironically, making decent music with PIL)

      Love your writing here though and the references of course.

      sending to you warm wishes and good energy on the snowiest day in over 5 years and yes I am snowed in ......lake erie time ontario canada 1:13pm

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Sincere thanks epigraman. From yours truly...Sid Barrett...oops, correct that, I meant Wayne Barrett! Sorry, influences getting in the way again ;-)

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Remember that solo album? - The Madcap Laughs - Syd used to play his guitar with a metal cigarette lighter to get a different sound when he was the guiding light of early Pink Floyd

      Sounds like you know your music - I am 54 and I saw the Who back in '72 with Keith Moon and Led Zeppelin in '74 when they had John Bonham and Dylan in '74 when he had The Band

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I'm right behind you at 50, and yes I remember. I also feel a little silly now knowing that I spelled Syd wrong. Gosh, I guess I'll get over it :-P

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Really outstanding piece! Loved this--and am sharing--and thank you for sharing this with us

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Audrey. I greatly appreciate it.

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up and Awesome and shared with followers. It's like a novel or a movie in a little poem.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      B. I have actually considered doing a short or a novel based on this time in my life. Thank you for the compliment...I will be following you!

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      epigramman 3 years ago

      Neil Young? lol How about the 'great Wayne Barrett.'

      Back to revisit a classic and great works of (poetic)art I feel often read better the 2nd time and it was terrific the first time around - I love the cultural references here and how you personalize your writing but yet still make it a poetic art form all of your very own. Hubbravo and yes my heart is fine thank goodness. My potassium level was low and I have to keep an eye on my blood pressure. So that is a wonderful birthday present and to have your gift of friendship too. Say hello to your family for me and in the words of my favorite Neil Young song (which I believe he co-authored with Stephen Stills) - Long may you run.

      lake erie time 11:35am

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the revisit Colin. You are the best!

      As a side note of understanding and encouragement I would like to share a quick experience; Three years ago I suffered an aneurysm and went through emergency open heart surgery. At that time I was very depressed and did not think my life would ever be the same. Needless to say, my perspective on life has changed drastically. I have made some positive changes, and I feel healthier and happier now than I ever have in my life. I know these health issues have a way of slapping you in the face with an awareness of your mortality, but now I look at every day as a bonus. For some reason, destiny offered me a second chance and I intend to make the most of it. I say, be encouraged my friend. On days when I feel down, I just remember what god gave me this middle finger for!! And I always smile when I let those birdies fly ( I've just given away two pieces I had planned on writing) : )

      Warm blessings from Florida way comin' at cha'!

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      epigramman 3 years ago

      Yes it's true my dear friend Wayne on how sometimes we take life for granted until the shit hits the fan and although I never had it as rough as you and this story you told me but at the same time I feel much like you in terms of your sentiments here because life is a one way trip and sometimes a short one at that - and in the line of that famous Barbara Striesand song - People - "People who need people are the luckiest people in the world."

      Sending to you my sincere respects and thank you for your life affirming story Sir Wayne

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