Treasure Island

Colleen Courtney

(10/13/65 / Massachusetts)


H = harmful
E = efficacious
R = raffish
O = obstinate
I = idiotic
N = narcotic

Submitted: Sunday, January 26, 2014

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  • Ed Nigma (7/3/2014 1:11:00 PM)

    I wrote another message earlier but this site is broken at times SO I will paraphrase what was said.

    I used to a heavy user and abuser of this drug and alcohol for a very long time. I would venture to say I was a heavy connoisseur of most drugs and booze for a great part of my young years moving forward into my adulthood life. I have lived a very wild, crazy and destructive life over the years and I did a lot of these things in order to escape the reality that we know and numb pains. Sometimes the mental journeys were great I mean if they weren't why would I do it? But after watching it among other things destroy so many lives around me directly and indirectly and watching people I cared for die left and right. That is when it made me want to change. Because I knew and hoped there had to be something better than that for myself and others and didn't want to contribute to that image any further. It was quite and experience from which I lived, learned, adapted and evolved. but I do NOT regret one day of the experiences I had for I wouldn't be who I am today. I wouldn't be able to think or feel the way I do without those experiences I would look at things differently for sure. Sure some of the memories upon reflection might conjure a sad emotion but they are reminders that it is a very real problem and that people need help and to be understood because nobody wakes up one day and says I want to be a drug addict or a drunk when I grow up. I really do appreciate the acronym for what it is and thank you for sharing it.

    Allan Gerard~ (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/25/2014 11:03:00 PM)

    Substance abuse and narcotic is a problem the world facing and proper action taking by effective and responsible governments against it. But unfortunately as in other cases it is not completely wiped out which is against the progress of humanity and particularly the younger generations and therefore literary movements and poems must invigorate the attempts of government against the abuses of heroin like substances. (Report) Reply

  • Timothy Caffery (5/25/2014 10:09:00 PM)

    I have to drag on to meet the character restriction for comments, but all I want to post is: Ha! (Impulsive reaction, that I couldn't interpret if I tried. Just being honest... I think) (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/10/2014 3:01:00 AM)

    Narcotic substances are more dangerous to human thinking and brain system which is used by the youth in clandestine sources. The definition given in the poem is wonderful and good. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Sparks (3/28/2014 11:43:00 PM)

    Short and to the point. I once knew a young woman who was addicted to heroin. Heroin was her life. All she seemed to care about was how she got her next fix. Not a great way to live. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (3/28/2014 4:43:00 PM)

    for those of us who like to know more, sometimes, i have copied and pasted below.......................

    adjective: harmful

    causing or likely to cause harm.
    shield the planet from harmful cosmic rays
    synonyms: damaging, injurious, detrimental, dangerous, deleterious, unfavorable, negative, disadvantageous, unhealthy, unwholesome, hurtful, baleful, destructive; More
    noxious, hazardous, poisonous, toxic, deadly, lethal;
    bad, evil, malign, malignant, malevolent, corrupting, subversive, pernicious
    the harmful rays of the sun
    antonyms: beneficial
    adjective: efficacious

    (typically of something inanimate or abstract) successful in producing a desired or intended result; effective.
    the vaccine has proved both efficacious and safe
    synonyms: effective, effectual, successful, productive, constructive, potent; More
    helpful, beneficial, advantageous, valuable, useful
    a change in diet may be quite efficacious

    early 16th cent.: from Latin efficax, efficac- (from efficere ‘accomplish’: see effect) + -ious.
    adjective: raffish

    unconventional and slightly disreputable, esp. in an attractive manner.
    his raffish air
    synonyms: rakish, unconventional, Bohemian; More
    devil-may-care, casual, careless;
    louche, disreputable, dissolute, decadent
    donning a raffish cap
    adjective: obstinate

    stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so.
    synonyms: stubborn, unyielding, inflexible, unbending, intransigent, intractable, obdurate, mulish, bullheaded, stubborn as a mule, pigheaded, self-willed, strong-willed, headstrong, willful, contrary, perverse, recalcitrant, refractory, uncooperative, unmanageable, stiff-necked, rigid, uncompromising, implacable, unrelenting, immovable, unshakable; More
    persistent, tenacious, pertinacious, dogged, single-minded
    it's unusual for two such obstinate people to have a happy marriage
    antonyms: compliant
    (of an unwelcome phenomenon or situation) very difficult to change or overcome.
    the obstinate problem of unemployment
    adjective: idiotic

    very stupid.
    I was able to hum its idiotic theme tune
    synonyms: stupid, silly, foolish, witless, brainless, mindless, thoughtless, unintelligent; More
    imprudent, unwise, ill-advised, ill-considered, half-baked, harebrained, foolhardy;
    absurd, senseless, pointless, nonsensical, inane, fatuous, ridiculous;
    informal dumb, dim, dimwitted, halfwitted, dopey, pea-brained, wooden-headed, thickheaded, dumb-ass
    her latest comedy is fanciful without being idiotic.
    noun: narcotic; plural noun: narcotics

    a drug or other substance affecting mood or behavior and sold for nonmedical purposes, esp. an illegal one.

    ********************MY NOTE: I HAVE NOT READ ALL OF EACH WORD'S DEFINITION, BUT I SEE IN THIS ONE IT SAYS SOLD FOR nonmedical purposes. i'm pretty sure there are narcotic drugs sold for medical purposes, but i'm too high now to look into that. hee hee. *************************
    a drug that relieves pain and induces drowsiness, stupor, or insensibility.
    synonyms: soporific (drug) , opiate, sleeping pill; More
    painkiller, pain reliever, analgesic, anodyne, palliative, anesthetic;
    tranquilizer, sedative;
    informaldowner, dope;
    addicted to narcotics

    adjective: narcotic

    relating to or denoting narcotics or their effects or use.
    the substance has a mild narcotic effect
    synonyms: soporific, sleep-inducing, opiate;
    painkilling, pain-relieving, analgesic, anodyne, anesthetic, tranquilizing, sedative;
    a narcotic sleeping pill

    colleen made it shorter. well-done colleen. you should write the federal tax codes! thanks for sharing. :) bri (Report) Reply

  • Md Asadullah (3/15/2014 10:10:00 AM)

    Creative and smart poem, You have given the message in a very clever way. Yes I agree with your Heroin is dangerous addiction, one must stay away from these drugs :) (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Di''anno (2/26/2014 9:58:00 AM)

    An evil drug that replaces the pain blockers in the spine rendering the user dependant upon it. Well depicted Colleen. (Report) Reply

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