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Nature of the Business

I was thinking today 
                        That in itself
                 Is a very scary thought 
About all the people who
             Crisscross +++++++++++++
       Through our lives 
Some of these people 
                       Without any doubt 
                              Are just people we want something from
                                                    Or
                                People who want something from us
And once that need is gone 
                                  So are they
Then there are other people 
                                 That we know forever
                             But wish we had never met
And lets not forget 
                     The ones we only met once
                              Wish we would know forever
                                     But never see again
Well this isn’t about any of them
 This is about 
                     The people
                              We loved and lost
                                          But never should have
Please know that the love I’m speaking of is friendship
Our friends define who we are  
More than anything else
         In life
My best friend and I 
                       Haven’t spoken 
                     In now on 15 years
In all honesty
               That is my fault
   It is also one of the worse mistakes
              That I ever made
I was so hurt 
              The hurt brought anger
             The anger brought action
And it all happened so fast 
                        Soon as I did it, I felt so ashamed
I think his father could see that in my eyes
The whole family was a part of my heart
      Dennis was my best friend
              Judy was my girlfriend
Kristin, Jeffery & Haley were my step-kids
          Dale was my younger brother
Jack & Joy were Mom & Dad
          We had all known each other
             Since I was knee high
   I learned a valuable lesson that day
     I learned that no matter how strong love is
          How many years of foundation it may have
                      Addiction will destroy it 
             --- It’s the nature of the business ---

Copyright © | Year Posted 2009




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Date: 3/5/2009 6:58:00 PM
friendship is tenuous. I always search for reasons why someone doesn't deserve my friendship, why they betrayed me by not giving me what I need from them, and so they're not worth my time anymore. I can find a million reasons why someone I knew my whole life is pissing me off. It never matters really. It's the searching that's addictive. never letting anyone off the hook. always remembering who they are underneath the smiles. Right now this is how me and my brother are. total insanity.
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Date: 3/4/2009 11:57:00 AM
You seem to be pouring your heart out lately. Hope all is well. God Bless. Vince
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Date: 3/4/2009 11:33:00 AM
I can truly relate to yur poem. My roommate from college and I had a similar experience (though it was not because of addiction). Maybe, life has given you both an opportunity to make amends. Somebody has to be willing to make the first move. It obviously still upsets you. Why don't you try? Caroline
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Date: 2/28/2009 3:36:00 PM
This poem really comes from the heart. There is also a word called...forgiveness...Even though addictions destroys..Love heals...It is more powerful than any addiction. It may hurt but try reaching out...Pray and let the Lord Lead. Your poems really does touch the heart.
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Date: 2/28/2009 5:15:00 AM
Hi Michael, this is an excellent poem and full of emotion, really heart-felt and a great message you have delivered so flawlessly with your pen. We have a close relative who is in bondage to drugs to right now and it has been a strain on all our relationships, not just with him but with each other too... seems it just ruins everything it touches, addiction. You titled this well. Blessings and thanks for sharing this awesome write. :) Thanks also for your congrats on "Little Yellow Socks." Amy
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Date: 2/28/2009 12:23:00 AM
Your bios reflect an honest heart Michael.Have a good weekend.Rgds Brian
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Date: 2/27/2009 8:36:00 PM
This is so sad Michael. It is beautifully written and the lay out is lovely. There is much wisdom in your words. A hard lesson to learn but you over came so much and maybe there is hope for the future with your friend. Thank you for your kind words and God bless you always. Love, Robin
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Date: 2/27/2009 8:12:00 PM
Powerful write Michael, I'm sure your friend misses you the same and all the friendship may need to rekindle is a little nudge. Don't give up, you conquered addiction, you can conquer this 15 year silence, if he's still around. In the end you will see if it's meant to be. God bless and admit your faults, that's where I'd start. I wish you the best, I'm in a similar situation but it's not on my end...Raul
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Date: 2/27/2009 3:36:00 PM
Michael, hearts mend, ask to be forgiven, and forgive them. I have been hurt by addiction, but I have never turned my back, and I know addiction is not sane....if you don't try, you will never know....you are a wonderful person, you have a heart as big as Texas, follow your heart.....always, Christy
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Date: 2/26/2009 3:01:00 PM
my addictions have destroyed but not as bad as yours. and others addictions have destroyed people i let go until the storm has past. but they just won't let it past. it's been three years now. john
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Date: 2/26/2009 1:23:00 PM
Michael, This is such a sad piece. It hit home for me in some ways.I know that sometimes we've said and done things we wish we hadn't.Later or right after we realize it but we keep quiet because of pride.I can't say for you but that is what kept me from owning up to it right away.But it is never to late, I know it is hard but God will give you the strength you need to make the first step. It is never easy but you do your part and the rest is up to God,Take Care Michael, Lovely piece, YF4L Tyesha
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Date: 2/26/2009 12:33:00 PM
I understand how friends and family turn their backs, I have seen this happen with my own brother.. but he knows my door is always open .. your poems always talk about real life.. well done.. Spirit and Soul, Constance
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Date: 2/26/2009 12:07:00 PM
That is so true Micheal addiction can cause so much grief in this world. Sometimes it is hard to repair an injustice done to someone else caused by you. But it is a learning process and hopefully time and healing will heal this wound and time healed you. Thank you for sharing with us. Our prayers are with you. God Bless Phyl
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Date: 2/26/2009 12:01:00 PM
What a heartfelt message in this poem. Unfornately, once we act sometimes it's hard to repair. Hopefully, time will ease the hurt and bring you back together. My thoughts and prayers go with you. Karen
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Date: 2/26/2009 11:43:00 AM
So sad, and so true. It's sad that some lessons have to be so hard to learn, but as you say, it's the nature of the business... very well written Michael. Hope all is well with you my friend! Luv 4evr~Tru
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Date: 2/26/2009 11:33:00 AM
Hi Michael... you deserve a huge round of applause just for the sincere honesty in this.... lean close now.... bit closer... can you hear that ?... Me Applauding ! Thanks for the congrats Michael.
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Date: 2/26/2009 11:21:00 AM
Recovery makes a new possibilty of everything Michael....The people we lost in our lives aren't lost to the REAL us...just that glazed-eyed idiot who took his place. Real friends will know in one second of eye contact that the person they knew has returned. Anyone who refuses to see that isn't a real friend.period. Thank you for the words of encouragement...they mean a lot! I exercise my demons through words...It's cool I dont have to translate to you!! Right on, Write On!!
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Date: 2/26/2009 8:28:00 AM
i like this and its true in life you will make mistakes
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Date: 2/26/2009 7:01:00 AM
I hope that someday, you can be reunited with people who obviously, you still care so deeply about. We have all learned from reading this poem, never to take our beloved friendships for granted. God Bless -love Carrie
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Date: 2/26/2009 6:44:00 AM
Is it possible to get back in touch? Yes, we all make mistakes Michael. We also forgive, and are forgiven. And of course, if we are lucky, we learn from our mistakes. A powerful and emotional write. If you are thinking about this, maybe it is a sign that you should try to connect again? Just a thought. Love & hugs, Shar YF4L
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Date: 2/26/2009 6:35:00 AM
Mistakes make wisdom. We learn from our mistakes. Oh, what a tangled web we weave....and it goes on. A very strong message is this write plainly laid out...Great write my dear Michael.
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Date: 2/26/2009 5:32:00 AM
what an amazing piece MJ the hurt brought anger, the anger brought action.... that's human nature.. isn't it?--but an amazing piece
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Date: 2/26/2009 4:54:00 AM
I love this piece Michael.. the nature of the business.. sad reality my friend..I love how you laid this piece out and the flow of the write swings nicely..the ending is on point.. wonderful write.
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