Dark Voyage

Another dark alley
Why aren’t there ever any
light alleys? she quirks to herself

She waits for the next john to be sexed
Pawns her body for a fix
Used to be kicks
First the hash pipe

Upgraded to Opium 5.0
The real deal, the needle
Heroin

Looks like a smear of poop on foil but
once it’s lit, it’s hit and
she isn’t worth shit

Heroin, a nightmare cannibal picnic
sliding down the clever beanstalk
into the tar pits for a long slick sick soak

Heroin. She’s nodding, her mind
smolders with visions conjured from
the greasy plank decks of the U.S.S. Sheol

She forgets the mess under her dress and
presses her mind against a wall of sounds
When she wakes, her stomach will ache

She’ll john once more to score
to black it out
to empty the chasm
already scraped bare

The addict: A mind forever voyaging
through strange seas of thought, alone

© 2013 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil
Image: Wikipedia Commons

Kerry at Imaginary Garden With Real Toads wanted us to write using a line from a William Wordsworth poem, since today would have been his 243rd birthday. The Wordsworth line I chose was, “A mind forever Voyaging through strange seas of Thought, alone.” This is how I see many addicts: isolated, caught in a foreign place (even if it’s his/her home town), and always wondering. The “aloneness” of the line grabbed me by the ear and said, “Listen!” And so I did. And then I picked up my pencil. This is also for the Poetry Pantry at Poets United… proud to be a member! Peace, Amy