Nika McGuin

(12/01/89 - present / Louisiana)


“nights pass so much quicker
than the days did”
in The Weeknd's Canada
I envy him for that
for me both the days
and the nights screech by
filled with a different sort
of nothingness, wasting
my life away, just as they do
less inescapably maybe-
at least that's what I tell myself
For the addicts he speaks of
life seems a downwardly spiraling
funnel of partying and self-destruction
but at least it starts out as fun
convincing themselves that
a non-recreational drug
can be recreational for them
am I any different really?
Convincing myself that
being alone is better than anything
and I'd almost believe it too
if it were not for those meddling signs
everywhere, constant reminders that I “live”
outside the bounds of acceptable normalcy
I'm sure that addicts feel that way too
it's what makes the days
feel so terribly long
and the nights
something they can,
escape into

Submitted: Monday, April 28, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

It's strange, because I wouldn't peg myself as someone who would listen to The Weeknd's music. I think I enjoy that somewhere between the self corruption and profanity is an extremely poetic spirit.
So, the opening quote taking from The Weeknd's song 'XO'

I was feeling a bit Scooby-doo nostalgic, thinking of what the villains always say when they get caught, 'If it were not for those meddling kids! ' lol

Also, my use of escaping here is a bit of a double entendre; sort of referring to the nature of drugs and seclusion as escapism methods.

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  • Valsa George (4/29/2014 11:46:00 PM)

    Withdrawing into solitude or seclusion is far more preferable, though the days and nights may seem screeching by to using drugs to synthetically create a life of fun and frolic! Those addicts are making their own noose for self destruction.... Don't fall into such temptations! ! A great write where there is a difficult choice between self exclusion and a life of wild brazen fun! (Report) Reply

  • Colleen Courtney (4/29/2014 12:08:00 AM)

    Recreational drug use most often turns into addiction. Be very careful! However I enjoyed your poem. Nicely done! (Report) Reply

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