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Why? A Cocaine Infants Lament (Hoots challenge)

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Echo Rhayne
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0 posted 01-05-2000 05:21 AM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Echo Rhayne

Why have you done this
even before I was born?
Have you now conscious
or even no scorn?

As I layed in your womb
and the days passed on by,
your only concern
was to get your next high!

The first time it hit me
my body shook with fear,
for little did I know
that danger lurked near.

The needle you sank
made you feel 'oh so fine,'
little did you think
I had crossed that same line.

To you it was heaven,
to me it was hell!
I couldn't reach out
or utter a yell.

I laid curled up tight
in a strange 'fitful sleep,'
while you kept on lying
with no promise to keep.

You left me alone
for myself to defend,
and pushed in the drugs
right into the end.

My hands are the size
of Daddy's little nail,
and you don't even think
you did anything to fail.

But God has got me
safe inside his arms!
When will you realize,
yes, your cocaine harms.

I am quite a fighter
and I'll see this through.
Now I am me,
but just who are you?

Before you can love me
and call me your own,
you must first love yourself
or face life alone!!


 ~*~ ^i^ ~*~ Love is such a lonely art, and death is but a taste. Minds are merely instruments that often go to waste! ~*~ ^i^ ~*~
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hoot_owl_rn
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1 posted 01-05-2000 05:31 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

WOW!!!! Echo.....I'd like permission to print this out for use in our Healthy Begginings clinic. It's amazing how everyone see the picture so differently. This poem said a lot to me as I've seen the results drugs and alcohol as well as smoking can have on newborns.
A challange well met, thank you  
Echo Rhayne
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2 posted 01-05-2000 05:41 AM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

LoL, I was just thinking the same thing, about how everyone see's the picture differently, but that might also be because I have seen this happen before and the picture brought back that time.  I have another poem that goes along with the picture, but that one I don't think I will post.  Thanks for the challenge!!!

 ~*~ ^i^ ~*~ Love is such a lonely art, and death is but a taste.  Minds are merely instruments that often go to waste! ~*~ ^i^ ~*~

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RainbowGirl
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3 posted 01-05-2000 06:57 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Echo: This one is certainly a thinker, agree with Ruth...

HUGS

 Don't ask me where I'm going, just listen when I'm gone and far away you'll hear me singing softly to the dawn.

Michael
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4 posted 01-05-2000 07:32 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Very strong verse, Echo.  Powerful ending.  Such a tragic thing to see in life, too.  
Very well done.

Michael
Toerag
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5 posted 01-05-2000 08:16 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Good Job Echo....Well done!

Hoot....Why don't ya just take me to the healthy beginnings class? Then ya can show them the effects all those things have on folks even when they start at a much later age?......Sad shape this world's in yanno...
Poet deVine
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6 posted 01-05-2000 08:47 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Excellent! So sad though..I know this really happens but wish it didn't have to!  
suthern
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7 posted 01-05-2000 09:07 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

This is powerful, Echo... Well done!
Pepper
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Yes, I agree with Suthern...this is very powerful and excellent writing Echo....
It's a real heartbreak to see these small ones fighting for thier lives..  

 A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!
  Shannon


  


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whiskey
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9 posted 01-05-2000 09:26 AM       View Profile for whiskey   Email whiskey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit whiskey's Home Page   View IP for whiskey

Echo, Its so sad that people actually do this to their children , I wish children were safe from all of these things but sadly they dont have much say in it when the mother does such terrible things , Powerful message in your poem well done  
Denise
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10 posted 01-05-2000 10:26 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very powerful, Echo. You can see the stronghold that addiction has in this.

 Denise

 
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