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Battling Addiction

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Battling Addiction

You have been sober for two years three days and six hours
still the battle has not ended
The temptress in that bottle calls out in the dark
Beckoning you to return
The times when life seems more than you can bear
There was a time she seemed to satisfy
she caressed you from the inside
Until you started to choke
Everything that mattered was taken away
family, friends, job
You still can't breathe without thinking of her
they say it's one day at a time
will it ever get easier
four years 
maybe five
Perhaps ten
Thankfully you do not surrender
you have battled too far
the worst is behind you
Battling addiction is a moment by moment affair
Friends were left on that battlefield
those friends didn't want you to win
misery truly does love company
New friends have been gained
family has taken you back with open arms
they never truly left
You had chosen to do the leaving
she had held you in her grip
no one else could be seen or heard
This time you are back to stay
You are the victor
In the end you are stronger than her

Written by Richard Lamoureux
I have broken the sixteen line rule, you strike me as a man who
doesn't follow the rules, so hopefully you will forgive my verbosity.
I could not fully capture these emotions in 16 lines.

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  1. Date: 6/26/2014 9:02:00 PM
    Addiction is challenge. I think I have been becoming addicted to your poetry. Seriously, I love that you have such diverse topics and styles. and this I can feel it, I know that struggle, not with alchol but you know, hey it is always good to remember your strengths. hugs my friend

  1. Date: 3/7/2013 6:41:00 PM
    Rick- I just judged my contest and this one wasn't even an entry! I knew you entered so when I saw that you weren't in my winners list I was like wait a minute this can't be right!! Did you not enter it in the contest on accident or something? I have gone through all of the poems several times and never came across this one... or trust me, it would have been on the winners list!! I'm sorry if I made an error or something!

    Currin Avatar Anne Currin
    Date: 3/7/2013 8:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Weird, I must have made a booboo somewhere along the way :( 45 poems was A LOT to judge! I was overwhelmed! Lol. Check my blog though, darling. I made a shout out to you and this amazing poem :) I won't be around much, finals week. Eeeek. I'll be back and at it on the Soup soooooon! Hugs! <3
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/7/2013 8:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Anne, yep I did enter it. No worries though your kind comment is prize enough. I am glad you like it.
  1. Date: 2/21/2013 6:59:00 AM
    Oh, WOW. Now this - this is an incredibly powerful poem. Anne will be blown away by this one.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/21/2013 7:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Heather
  1. Date: 2/21/2013 6:54:00 AM
    FANTASTIQUE MON AMI!! Excellent writing superbly expressed and for such noble a purpose! Certainly you deserve the best!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/21/2013 6:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You have excellent taste my friend. We have to find ways to stay warm *lol*
  1. Date: 2/21/2013 6:39:00 AM
    My only addition is the "craze" of the moment! Today it's poetry... tomorrow??? Guess I shouldn't complain, no substance abuse in my family that I'm aware of! An excellent write, Rick!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/21/2013 6:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Fortunate for me my mom is the stable one, I guess the ying to my dads yang. I never seen her drink but my dad drank enough for both of them and gave us all a perpetual hangover.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/21/2013 6:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Jack
  1. Date: 2/20/2013 10:19:00 PM
    Love it,, awesome write Richard,,, no addiction here, ever. Thank God,,,, though I've known a few in my family. That might be why I was strong enough. Or maybe I just took after my mom.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/21/2013 6:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    See my response to you above, it went in the wrong spot.
  1. Date: 2/20/2013 7:56:00 PM
    Your hitting me where it hurts.I've got one day.that's cause I'm broke.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/20/2013 8:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Well, it's a start. I hope you are kidding, if not I feel for you. It's not an easy road.
  1. Date: 2/20/2013 7:00:00 PM
    Hello Survivor :D this one really touched me, some parts reminds me of many things behind :) glad to read this beautiful piece of work in my morning, your afternoon :) , wishing you a wonderful day too :) - hug, yanny

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/20/2013 7:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I survived growing up in that family but fortunately never had to battle substance abuse, I chose to keep my distance.
  1. Date: 2/20/2013 2:24:00 PM
    Good for you. Me too... J

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 2/20/2013 2:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Jack I come from a family where substance abuse was a part of every day. Thankfully I was not dragged down that dark hole, but I do have intimate knowledge of what a destructive force Alcohol and drugs can be. I applaude your recovery Jack. I am so happy for you.