Elena Plotkin

I Am Meth- Written By Anonymous - Poem by Elena Plotkin

My Name: 'Is Meth'
I destroy homes, I tear families apart, take your children, and that's just the start.
I'm more costly than diamonds, more precious than gold,
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Topic(s) of this poem: death

Poet's Notes about The Poem

I found this poem on a website and it touched me. The author's name was not given but the story behind it was. According to the website, This poem was written by a young Indian girl who was in jail for drug charges, and was addicted to meth. She wrote this while in jail. As you will soon read, she fully grasped the horrors of the drug, as she tells in this simple, yet profound poem. She was released from jail, but, true to her story, the drug owned her. They found her dead not long after, with the needle still in her arm.

Comments about I Am Meth- Written By Anonymous by Elena Plotkin

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/15/2015 8:06:00 AM)

    Thanks for sharing this compelling composition. Such a sad story and a powerful poem that can save lives. (Report) Reply

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  • Darlene Walsh (3/3/2015 7:44:00 AM)

    A very powerful poem, one which too many will miss, ignore, or even laugh at. It is no laughing matter, I have seen some owned by their addiction (thankfully never meth) , they are all dead now. I have added this to my favorite poems list.

    Darla (usually I put a smile face here but this time) : (
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  • Bri Edwards (4/23/2014 6:03:00 PM)

    When I'm finished with you, you'll be lucky to live. ....the poem doesn't make me feel that living is an eventual possibility.........i mean without returning to 'the master'. but for some people whose lives are (in their opinions at least) already worth less than most others, i can understand the allure of a mind/body altering drug experience, an escape from cruel reality.
    a very well done poem. i can't help but wonder if the author actually was a meth addict, or if she/he just wanted to get a message out to people. you, elena, are doing your part to get the message out though i don't imagine too many PH readers are susceptible to the meth temptation. maybe i'm being naive?

    as for the use of heck instead of hell/Hell? i think using heck, especially when the poem is pretty consistently a rhyming poem AND the last word of the previous line was/is tell, serves to emphasize the unspoken word, hell, and serves to help the poem linger in the readers' minds.

    thanks for sharing. i'll pass it along to MyPoemList.

    p.s. i have a nephew who has been involved with drugs (not sure which ones; also alcohol i believe has been abused) since his teen years and now is in his 30s. he has fathered four or five children (well, he donated the sperm to the womEn anyway; he may not ever have been much of a father) , has stolen from his parents (and others i'm sure) , and spent a lot of time in jail/prison. to speak to him (when he is sober) , one would think this guy sure is polite and speaks well. but, ya never know!
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  • Bri Edwards (4/23/2014 5:45:00 PM)

    i read the poet's note before the poem. i assumed the poem dealt with methamphetamine, the drug, which i have only heard about (i mean i never used it or any of that stuff) . i thought meth.... was a pill, so i googled meth injection and was very surprised to see meth injection kits advertised for hundreds of dollars. upon further study i discovered that the kits were for injecting methanol (the engine fuel) , into engines i guess. stupid me! on to the poem. (Report) Reply

  • (4/22/2014 8:30:00 AM)

    You know Nia I think you may have hit on something. Maybe the poet purposely chose the word heck instead of hell to show that they were still an innocent child at heart despite everything they have done in their life or maybe being so close to death and knowing it the poet was afraid to mention the word hell out of fear that would be where she would end up. Thanks for making me think deeper about it. Keep reading and writing. (Report) Reply

  • Nia Schexnider (4/21/2014 2:38:00 PM)

    Oh yeah I realized that I just thought it was funny :)

    thanks for sharing.
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  • (4/21/2014 2:17:00 PM)

    Thanks for your comment iip (Report) Reply

  • (4/21/2014 2:16:00 PM)

    If it was my poem I would've written hell not heck but since it wasn't my poem and I was reposting it I didn't feel right about changing any of it.
    Thanks for your comment Nia.
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  • Nia Schexnider (4/21/2014 11:06:00 AM)

    hahha heck? ! really? ! What are we children on here? Besides they say Hell in church! If the church leaders say it why shouldn't the children? (Report) Reply

  • Is It Poetry James Mclain (4/11/2014 4:02:00 PM)

    Come take my hand to those cold crystal shores...iip (Report) Reply

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