Dyeing to live

Latin X 1967 (Philadelphia)



I’m Living to die
Living for the next high.
Injecting the devil’s juice into my veins.
I’m living life as though I only have days

Hoping I don’t die from this next high.

My body is trembling I need a fix.
Here I go again injecting to live.

I’m fighting this demon that controls me.
I’m struggling with this demon that takes over me.

I’m dyeing to live,
But I always give in.

I’m losing this fight.
Here I go injecting again.
I feel the stick, I’m no longer sick.


I can’t breathe,
My heart is stopping.
What have I done?

My life is coming undone.
I’m praying To God to let me live.
I promise this will be my last fix.

I’m letting go,
I’m breathing slow.
My heart stopped.

I died to live till my next fix.

About this poem

I wrote this poem when my nephew died of an overdose. I put myself in his shoes and wrote of what must have been his struggle.

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Written on August 01, 2022

Submitted by LatinX on April 13, 2024

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AAXX A BC DD CX XXX XXE ECB FFX B
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 741
Words 172
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 4, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 1

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