Joyce Chelmo

I’d Make A Lousy Addict - Poem by Joyce Chelmo

i got carried away
cleaning winter dust
out of my front porch
& threw my back out

he says “don’t get
addicted to those pills”

fat chance
all I need is another
addiction i can’t afford
besides i think i’m the only
person in the world
who hates being high

my head feels twice as big
with half the common sense
reminds me of the hangovers
i had in my 20's

last night i wrote the worst
poems i’ve written in years
have to wonder how anyone
does this under the influence

i’m not sure which is worse
the pain in my back or the cure
even though i only took half
as much as suggested on the bottle

my energy’s zapped
& my tongue feels like
i’ve been licking powdered alum

just woke up
feel like i haven’t slept in days
& i think i actually drooled
in my sleep

Comments about I’d Make A Lousy Addict by Joyce Chelmo

  • (6/26/2006 2:11:00 AM)

    was it percodan? vicodin? have u had that 'standing on your head lightheaded feeling? I wrote 'ode to percodan and vicodin, not the same tho as yours! (Report) Reply

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  • (5/6/2006 1:47:00 PM)

    powerfully written, Joyce. i like the subject matter - a different take of sorts on chemical dependency. freshly conceived and scribed. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (5/4/2006 6:52:00 PM)

    Joyce, a little drool is no big deal, unless of course, you're still awake. Nice job communicating the ills of medication. Excellent write!
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  • (5/4/2006 1:45:00 AM)

    Thank you Gregory I will have to fix that.

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  • (5/4/2006 1:36:00 AM)

    Forgot to mention earlier that hangover's shouldn't have the apostrope as it is plural not possessive. (Report) Reply

  • (5/4/2006 1:34:00 AM)

    'all I need is another / addiction i can't afford' Couldn't concur more. Those blasted 'feel-goods' are getting far too expensive. Some of my best writing was conceived under the influence, but that was in the past. Now, can't seem to do anything right if I've nipped an abundance of the potato juice.

    Cheers...hmmm, bad choice of about votre santé!

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  • (5/3/2006 4:50:00 PM)

    As we do at the sight of your words, Brilliant again and such a creative style, love duncan (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 4, 2006

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