It Might Have Been


“For all sad words

of tongue and pen,

The saddest are these,

‘It might have been’.”



~  John Greenleaf Whittier


Elfje:         (Cinquain)    classic: each word only one syllable



ought to

could be like

do the right thing



Lune:    5 / 3 / 5


the brilliant night light

a full moon

shadows in the dark


Poem:    her·o·in: a highly addictive analgesic drug derived from morphine,
                                often used illicitly as a narcotic producing euphoria.


selfish, self-centered, 
I want what I want and I want it now
remembered, surrendered
the substance was the sacred cow

there was no need to justify
They tried to hide it the best that they could
there was just that need to get high
a life in shambles, a piece of useless driftwood

I’m so cool, until I think that I will throw up
remembering withdrawals was never a problem
life was just a tempest in a teacup
a wilting plant doomed to never blossom

God to the addictive personality is his habit
even the ritual becomes an obsession
keeping them straight takes a backward jacket
doing the next right thing is out of the question

watching my using friends drop like flies
like a dying man watching my life go before my eyes
change, change, change, time to alter the ego
willing to sacrifice, need to develop a new credo

yes, there were and are things to live for
losing themselves and a whole lot more
addicts never think of the consequences
only a Higher Power could bring them to their senses

the addict must learn to think before the act
always to be looking for a positive fact
the road to recovery is difficult and treacherous
avoiding when possible the elusive tempestuous

prayers and a new God is required
learning what is normal is desired
praying that one day medicine will discover
a healthy and safe way to recover


ME and the Boss








About merb010

Spring Hill, FL, United States Two nice old folks just hanging out, not hurting a bug or anything larger. The years have been kind to us and we now we are enjoying our golden years reading and writing. We are grateful for the God given talents that we now use to help others. View all posts by merb010

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