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Residue From A Cocaine Addiction

The innocuous white powder; 
those dusty crumbs, 
sniffed off distorted, glass mirrors 
reflect images not his own. 

Straight up or cut down, 
it shames the weak 
and weakens the poor. 

Cracked up or cranked out, 
oozing from a crusty nose, 
dripping from his blank stare, 
in eyes too blind to see that this 
is the residue of his LIFE; 
leftovers from the best parts of him; 
refuse, ruins, pieces and particles that 
be blown away!

Copyright © Celeste Butler-Mendez | Year Posted 2009


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  1. Date: 4/12/2016 12:42:00 PM

    Celeste Butler-Mendez, you've expressed yourself well, I enjoyed your poem. Love LINDA :)
  1. Date: 2/15/2014 4:45:00 PM

    theres something wrong with all of us. we sold our soul to the devil without knowing it. and he gave us this art. i hope you find this. i'm reviewing my fav poet list.
  1. Date: 10/24/2009 10:41:00 AM

    Powerful write here, Celeste. I buried a man I loved who died from heroin 40 years ago and I know the pain of watching loved ones make the choice to die. Thank Goodness I have his beautiful clean and sober son to grow old with ... smile ... awesome write here and I hope lots and lots of folks read it !!
  1. Date: 9/29/2009 7:31:00 AM

    Very powerful and moving poem, Celeste. If you know someone who is addicted to "The innocuous white powder," I hope you can help that person pick up the pieces of their life before it is all "blown away!" Awesome! Love, carolyn
  1. Date: 9/27/2009 4:28:00 PM

    almost made me cry, so sad!-----Ell
  1. Date: 9/19/2009 11:00:00 AM

    Sad. Topic that needs to be written about. Keep writing. Sara