Pray for Me

When they tell you
I’m an addict
don’t believe them,
if I could feel this good on
Friday and Saturday
why shouldn’t I on
Tuesday and Wednesday?

My Ex told me, “It takes just once
to grab ahold, but hard to let go.”
My buddies, “It’s a once-in-a-while tang,
all you got to do is blow up your cheeks
to make the vein pop out for the next high.
The feel is a rush– a warm hug from Jesus.”
Now ‘m an expert at needles n’ finding veins.

When they tell you
I’m an addict
don’t believe them
I’m in a relationship that has
turned me into someone
I never thought I would be – dope sick,
a chum to shame, guilt and wreck’d past.

They’ll have to admit it someday
hashtags, billboards can’t make me clean
Stigma can’t make me quit
I ain’t trying to kill myself or OD
cos I still got plenty to offer Humanity,
but most times it feels like someone else
is wearing my body – pray for me.

Copyright © 2019. Ugo Nkwoala. All rights reserved.

One Comment on “Pray for Me

  1. “If your family member is struggling with addiction, love them. Don’t fight them, don’t judge them. And for the love of everything holy, pray for them.” ― Angela Davis


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