A Mother's Pain

I'm the mother of an addict,
and I don't know what to do.
It's been more than a decade,
so it isn't something new.

The pain, the fear, the darkness,
it doesn't go away.
I try so hard to hide it,
and push through each and every day.

During bouts of sobriety,
he's most amazing and so kind.
But then the devil returns,
leaving him so very blind.

Blind to the pain his family feels,
when his eyes are so empty and lost.
Blind to how much he gives up,
for a high at any cost.

I used to wonder where I went wrong,
but I'm beyond feeling shame.
Watching him hurts so badly,
but I know I'm not to blame.

I'm the mother of an addict,
and I don't know what to do.
I don't know how to help him,
I simply don't have a clue.

In my mind I've buried him,
a dozen times at least.
Will that ease the pain,
when he's really found deceased?

I've watched the machines breathe for him,
doing all the work.
While he just lies there helpless,
with only a periodic jerk.

He fights so hard at times,
enough to give me hope.
But sadly he seems to always,
fall back on the dope.

I don't know how much longer,
I can hide the pain and fears.
One of these days it will burst,
and I'll just break down in tears.

I'm the mother of an addict,
and I don't know what to do.
Please don't judge or shun him,
Lord knows he feels the pain too.

About this poem

My son has struggled with addiction for at least 15 years and he's only 31. Heroin is his drug of choice but he'll take whatever he can get his hands on. Today he ended up in the hospital yet again and this poem flowed from my heart to my paper in about 10 minutes. Addiction affects everyone it gets close to and this tells a little about how it affects me.

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Submitted by Running_late2003 on March 26, 2023

Modified on April 13, 2023

1:41 min read

Quick analysis:

Scheme ABxb cdxd efxf xxxx xgeg ABhb hixi hjcj xkxk xxxx ABhb
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,316
Words 318
Stanzas 11
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Teresa Smith

I have watched many of my loved ones struggle with different types of addiction and have even lost loved ones to addiction. I myself, am a gambling addict. Addiction has been a part of my life in one way or another ever since I can remember. But I think one of the most difficult of all is watching your child struggle with addiction. I have many poems that express how I've been affected. more…

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Discuss the poem "A Mother's Pain" with the community...

  • lovingempath
    This hits home on so many levels Teresa, and it doesn't amaze me that you were able to write it in 10 minutes. Sometimes when that pain is flowing, we come up with our best work. I'm going to warn you now though...if I run into you up on pokerstars.com...I will have no mercy! :) 
    LikeReply7 months ago
  • Canishams24
    It’s real and can be felt.
    I’m the mother of a son. The love a mother has for her son is beyond words…
    LikeReply 17 months ago


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