Treasure Island

James B. Earley

(5 April 1934 / Mounds, Il)

An Ounce Of Crack


All around us
Youths are dying
Victimized by greed
Of a WALL STREET kind

Frequent arrests
..An ounce of crack
This 'War On Drugs'
..Is it really that

Congress..it's yours
Some answers to find
Rid the Nation this Cancer
At the source..of the crime
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Government, for whatever reason, seems completely disinterested toward addressing the devastating impact of 'illicit drug trafficking' pervasive throughout our Nation! This epidemic would not possibly survive absent two key ingredients, sourcing and distribution.

Submitted: Saturday, March 01, 2008
Edited: Monday, June 03, 2013

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  • Shirley Hanley (1/3/2010 6:45:00 PM)

    War on drugs................ obviously a misnomer!

    Many someones are getting rich off that 'so called war', I say legalize and take the profit away... but then what do I know? I'm not sure anyone has the answer to this one. I once had an addiction to diet pills [speed]...... my supplier was a doctor. (Report) Reply

  • Cathryn Adeli (2/20/2009 11:30:00 AM)

    oh james, so true everything you said. but how did they get people to want it in the first place. my brother, my mothers youngest son, died of bad crack, and was dead for two days before he was found. there is a poem on that also.
    so privelidged i am to read your poetry that address so clearly the ratty side. (Report) Reply

  • Keith Foley (8/7/2008 11:47:00 PM)

    Very well said and written; good points are made with few words. leaves me wanting to read your others (and I will) . PS Thanks for reading mine. Keith (Report) Reply

  • Bonnie Collins (7/7/2008 8:57:00 PM)

    Very well put and to the argravation point... My niece died 2 years ago from a lethal overdose of herion, to this day has not been deceted and 2 others in neighboring cites were also affected..... Drugs are a nightmare for all involved... GET the SELLERS, Pushers, while columbia makes its income off of alot of drugs.... Can not understand and never will........ Very good piece.... a 10! !
    Bonnie (Report) Reply

  • Shelley L Baxter-Stanley (5/4/2008 1:46:00 PM)

    Another thought provoking piece James! It makes you think...truly it is true...and that is why it is so sad.
    Thanx for sharing my friend.10/10.
    Shelley (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Gale (4/18/2008 9:40:00 PM)

    Homes.. family.. children all lost to this. It is pure hell to bring a loved one back from this mind controlling drug.
    Bless you for this piece. (Report) Reply

  • Ivor Hogg (3/21/2008 3:03:00 PM)

    greed and the wish to make a buck are paramount. Only the illegality of drugs makes them worth dealing in. Cheap to produce easy to transportGovernments talk prevention but do nothing consructive (Report) Reply

  • Alison Cassidy (3/15/2008 6:16:00 PM)

    The ridiculous story of prohibition during the 20th century, demonstrates the futility of fighting a war against drugs. It's just not winnable. At least if the drugs are legalized, there is some chance of controlling their consumption and distribution. You make your point strongly and without too many superfluous words. love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

  • Meggie Gultiano (3/10/2008 2:27:00 PM)

    James, i hope this powerful message of yours will reach to the most powerful men in the government (Report) Reply

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