Addiction is the Devil’s Witch

A few nights back, I was talking with someone who was in crisis. Now, the truth is that most of the conversations I have with people are of the crisis variety. However, this one conversation left me feeling weighed down with raw and exposed sadness. While we talked, I absorbed his words about how he’s just sick of everything and was just tired, confused, and lost. His addiction had taken over his entire life. Everything he did was to get his fix, which ruled every minute of his day.

When I was writing notes about the encounter, I tried seeing life through his eyes. As I did, words flowed out of me; I stopped writing notes and captured phrases and thoughts that seemed to bring to life what he must’ve felt. When I was done, I arranged the words and phrases into a poem called, The Devil’s Witch:

 The Devil’s Witch knocks on my door

Same time every day

I try to stop, but I don’t know how

Please, God, take this away

 

They tell me I’m wrong

But I’m too far gone

I can’t even see the road

That might take me home

 

I once had dreams

But life’s a tease

Then my fix turned a trick

And I became its lunatic

 

The Devil’s Witch knocks on my door

Same time every day

I try to stop, but I don’t know how

Please, God, take this away

 

What was cool at first

Has become a curse

Now I spend my days

hoping for the mundane

 

Maybe I’ll pray

And despair will fade

Because not even I believe my lies

This death has got to die

 

The Devil’s Witch knocks on my door

Same time every day

I try to stop, but I don’t know how

Please, God, take this away

Anyway, I keep all who struggle with an addiction in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that we, as a collective group of people, can find ways to see that Addiction is an illness and can be treated.

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