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Poison Pool

Updated on October 5, 2013
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Step Father peeking through the drapes

Of this motel room

Where this morning

I had been so excited to visit


Cook the powder

And tighten the rope

Grit your teeth, addict

And slam your dope


But the dark man in the turban

Says the pool is poison

Maybe that’s where they wash their needles

These men on choppers and barely dressed women


Cook the powder

And tighten the rope

Grit your teeth, addict

And slam your dope


I chance a peek through bedroom door

Why are mothers’ eyes bleeding

And she is warding off invisible demons

That she sees on the floor


Cook the powder

And tighten the rope

Grit your teeth, addict

And slam your dope


He says she is ill and that’s why

We had to get away, all lies

But I am eleven years old now

And I have become very wise


Cook the powder

And tighten the rope

Grit your teeth, addict

And slam your dope


For I’ve peeked before and I know

Why you prick your stomach

Instead of your arm

Because ‘The Man’ don’t look there


Cook the powder

And tighten the rope

Grit your teeth, addict

And slam your dope


Now I know why you buy us balloons

And the searching officers

Tear up our toys

As they go through our room


Cook the powder

And tighten the rope

Grit your teeth, addict

And slam your dope


Slam your dope

And seal your doom

Swing from a rope

In a six dollar room


You’ve lost all hope

You’ve lost all hope

Now you’ll grit your teeth

In a six foot tomb



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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Suzette, I'm glad you stopped by and thanks for leaving your feedback.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wow - a really gritty and realistic poem. So sad that children see this. I taught in an inner city school and some children do come from homes like this. It is pathetic and sad. Thanks so much for showing us another side of life - how the other half lives.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the visit, Lurana.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Harshly powerful. Really well-written! ~Lurana

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Ruby.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I feel for the child who had to live in fear due to the poison cooked so near. This is a haunting read..Beautifully penned...

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I appreciate the visit Isaac.

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      TDM 4 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      Nice poem Wayne,

      It was hard to read but, I managed. I truly hate pain and suffering. Especially at the loss of a child. Great read though never the less. I'm glad I stopped by. voted up.

      I. White

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, indeed, reality for some and quickly growing up for others. Great work, Wayne.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I appreciate your comments Shanmarie.

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      Shannon 4 years ago from Texas

      Wow, your imagery through words here is stunning! It almost makes me sick to think of a child going through that, but you make it seem so real.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Sir Jim, Thank you my friend!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Leslie, Thank you darlin' for stopping by. and by the way...how did you know my first name? : )

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Gritty and real and scary, but written so well!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Jesus Wayne...so raw, so real, so WRONG!

      I can't stand when kids suffer - i know only too well!

      voting/sharing

      (missing you)

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks for the visit, Sha. And unfortunately.......

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Rasma!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Holy Mackeral, Wayne. You paint a very vivid picture with your words. I hope this isn't something you actually experienced!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I appreciate the visit and the compliment Valleypoet.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks for stopping by Jose. yes, there is a story behind this one. Life is good now, but it was not always so. What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Addiction is tragic indeed and waste of life. Well expressed.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Wow....powerful realism Wayne...a sad and tragic picture has been painted here...great work:-))

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      It must be hard for children that grow up in this type of environment. Is there a story behind this piece or is a fiction?

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Wayne, usually clichés become so, because there is an overwhelming truth to them. ;-)

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Tom.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Theresa!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Cat, You're absolutely right; there is always hope. I know it's a cliche', but life really is what you make of it!

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Sad situation to find oneself in, when you mix with the wrong people. Nice work Wayne. All the best.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Linda. I'm glad you were able to turn the experience into something positive.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Very intense, and very well done.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Well, Wayne, this thing called uncondtional love, can sometimes work in magical ways and serve as a remedy to even the ugliest of truths. There's always hope :-)

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow, such raw and powerful words my friend. Yes, I too have seen the ugliness in the parents that are supposed to be good role-models. It was a hellish upbringing with spurts of good times. I used it to help others dealing with painful lives. It is what inspired me to earn a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. Funny how pain can be turned into opportunity and healing. God Bless you for sharing your story.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the visit Vellur, and for your kind thoughts.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great poem, sad realities of life so vividly reflected in your poem. Children should have fun and enjoy, not suffer. Sometimes life is unfair.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Vincent. Yes, unfortunately, some children really do find out who the true boogey man is. Vampires and werewolves cannot scare you nearly as much as a man with a whiskey bottle in one hand and a knife in the other who glares at you as his eyes slowly glass over.

      As a child, I also have done my share of hiding, and as an adult, I found myself psychologically doing the same thing. But I don't hide anymore; the bitterness still hurts from time to time, but I have decided that I am stronger than the son-of-a-bitches that created it, and so I use it...I try to turn the negative into positive. I, like I notice is the case with you, am not ashamed to express myself from any angle. I may have had a bad childhood...but that doe's not mean that I am a bad man!

      I guess I've rambled enough ( I could go on forever)! But it has been a pleasure corresponding with you.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Frank, my friend. Good to see you here and to see your compliments. Hope you have a great Memorial Day.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Deergha for the kind words and the share.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Sir Martin.

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      I've seen the stench to Wayne from my little boys eyes and saw the puke and white foam from raging mouths of alcoholic bliss, while all the while we kids clung to each other in fear peeking from hidden curtains, under beds or crying from under our covers hoping the boogey man would go away, in shame we lived, watching adults around us stoop so low and rot in their putrid gutters of pain. Some of us survived, although mentally scarred. Shared my friend, your gift abounds.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Cat. I am now seeing this from some other extended family members. The children still idolize their father, but sadly, I know that a slow, ugly, progression of truth is headed their way.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      wow very draining, gripping and raw.. I love it wayne barrett

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the visit Dear Nellieanna.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Faith. Unfortunately it is a sad reality for many.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Becky.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Ahhhh.....so beautifully done ! Tragic yet it moved so well. Votes up and shared across the board.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      What a vision. This is quite a reflection. thank you

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Wayne,

      Oh wow! This makes me think of how children look up to their parent's and are oblivious to the ugly truths and love a blind unconditional kind of love... once the truth is revealed, resentment sets in. This is very sad and powerful; excellent as always!

      Cat

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      This is so tragic and extremely well-expressed. Suddenly my head hurts for these trapped people.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Very sad reality painted here for children to see such and live such an existence watching addict parents. Gave me the chills.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Wow, I did not expect this from you. Wonderfully well said.