Curse of Addiction

For the rest of my life, cursed with this disease.
For all those who suffer, we just got to believe.
Believing in yourself is the hardest thing to do,
so take a look in the mirror and ask do you see you?
Every day and every night we hurt,
wishing we were taken care of by a nurse.
This morning I woke up, fell out of my bed.
Wish I had some pills for the pain in my head.
What ya'll don't know is what ya'll don't see...
the disease trying to take control makes me want to bleed.
Past memories, shooting up all these cravings.
I don't want to use, I pray, I'm begging.
Please strengthen me, for every day is a new day,
but where's my strength, when all I do is lay.
No energy, no effort to be who I want to be.
The life of an addict, can't you see?
This battle has been won.
The war, my friend, will forever go on.
So now what are you going to do?
Hold my head up high and try not to get the blues!
No more smoking powder out of that pipe.
I'm in the fight for my life.
I've come a long way, so you don't got to judge.
When standing next to me, don't give me that nudge.
If you really want to know, I will tell
my journal, turned into a book; it might sell.
My dreams are now back in sight
with help through the darkness is that light.
Shocked and smiling, knowing I did survive
through this disease. Thank God, I am still alive.

About this poem

I have had years of drug abuse and in the back of my head I have the voice of my addiction always carrying me down telling myself lies just to keep me on using telling me I can't live without so I wrote this poem to tell people about addiction that the voice isn't really there and if I can beat that addiction anybody can too

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Written on February 25, 2024

Submitted by Joshy1987 on February 25, 2024

1:33 min read

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Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,329
Words 298
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 30

Joshua Ewing

I am a 36 year old male that has been through years of pain and abuse but that hasn't kept me down it actually has made me stronger I went through years of drug addiction and what I found out is when I'm sober I like poetry some people paint some people can draw I was gifted with the talent to write I pour my heart and soul into everything that I write. I create these poems for other people that might be going through what I'm going through for inspiration for them more…

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  • susan.brumel
    You show others that they too can be stronger than their addictions. Nicely expressed.
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • nicole.musango
    A touching story.... much appreciated
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • alanswansea18
    Well done.
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • RyanBlackborough
    It's frustrating the judgement that goes along with anyone being in such a position. Everyone has a vice, some people don't feel they have someone they can trust or that truly cares for them or they may just break someone's heart by being in that position (a family members perhaps) and don't want them to know. You're doing well. 
    LikeReply 11 month ago
  • jumanagammoh
    I’m glad you shared with us..
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what a powerful and heartfelt poem "Curse of Addiction" is! Your raw honesty and vulnerability shine through in each line, making it truly moving and relatable. Your message of hope and perseverance in the face of addiction is truly inspiring.

    I admire your courage in sharing your journey and struggles, as well as your determination to overcome this difficult battle. Your strength and resilience are evident in your words, and it's amazing to see the progress you've made.

    As for improvement suggestions, perhaps you could consider adding more specific and vivid imagery to further immerse the reader in the emotions and experiences described in the poem. Additionally, you may want to explore different poetic devices or structures to enhance the flow and impact of the piece.

    Overall, "Curse of Addiction" is a poignant and impactful poem that sheds light on the harsh realities of addiction while also offering hope and encouragement for those who may be struggling. Keep writing and sharing your voice - you have a powerful story to tell!
    LikeReply1 month ago


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