Dear Readers, I have had a spate of illness lately. Last Thursday I had my appendix removed. Previously it was an infection. Soon it will be a pair of dental crowns.
I intended to have a funny piece about my medical issues ready, but between narcotics and oozing wounds, it has been a difficult task. Expect it sometime after Sept. 11.
Reviewing my material, I rediscovered this piece. I am not a poet. I read this poem in a Valley newspaper two or three years ago and it really spoke to me. Please read it to the end to get the full impact.
Hello, My Friend,
I destroy homes. I tear families apart.
I take children and that's just a start.
I'm more valued than diamonds, more precious than gold.
The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.
If you need me, remember, I'm easily found.
I live all around you, in school and in town.
I live with the rich, I live with the poor.
I live just down the street, maybe next door.
I'm made in a lab, but not like you think.
I can be made under the kitchen sink,
in your Child's closet, or out in the woods.
If this scares you to death, it certainly should.
I have many names, but there's one you'll know best.
I'm sure you've heard of me. My name's Crystal Meth.
My power is awesome. Try me. You'll see.
But if you do, you may never break free.
Just try me once, I might let you go.
Try me twice and I'll own your soul.
When I possess you, you'll steal and you'll lie.
You'll do what you have to, just to get high.
The crimes you'll commit for my narcotic charms
Will be worth the pleasure you'll feel in my arms.
You'll lie to your mother, you'll steal from your dad.
When you see their tears, you must not feel sad.
Just forget your morals, and how you were raised.
I'll be your conscience. I'll teach you my ways.
I take kids from parents. I take parents from kids.
I turn people from God. I separate friends.
I'll take your good looks, I'll take your pride.
I'll be with you always, right by your side.
You'll give up everything. Your family, your home.
Your money, your friends, you'll be all alone.
I'll take and I'll take till you've no more to give.
When I finish with you, you'll be lucky to live.
If you try me, be warned. THIS IS NOT A GAME.
If I'm given the chance, I'll drive you insane.
I'll ravage your body. I'll control your mind.
I'll own you completely. Your soul will be MINE.
The nightmares I'll five you when you're lying in bed,
And the voices you hear from inside of your head.
The shakes, the sweats, and the visions you'll see.
I want you to know, these are your gifts from me.
By then it's too late, and you'll know in your heart,
That you are now mine, and we shall not part.
You'll regret that you tried me. They always do.
But you came to me. Not I to you.
You knew this would happen. How many times were you told?
But you challenged my power. You chose to be bold.
You could have said "no" and just walked away.
If you could live over, now what would you say?
My power is awesome, as I told you before.
I can take your mother and turn her into a whore.
I'll be your master, you'll do as I say,
Even when I tell you to go to your grave.
Now that you've met me, what will you do?
Will you try me or not? It's all up to you.
I can show you more misery than words can tell.
Come, take my hand. Let me lead you to hell.