Heroin or Heroine?

Heroin or Heroine?

A Poem by Michael R. Burch

Heroin or Heroine?
by Michael R. Burch


for mothers battling addiction

serve the Addiction;
worship the Beast;
feed the foul Pythons
your flesh, their fair feast ...

or rise up, resist
the huge many-headed hydra;
for the sake of your Loved Ones
decapitate medusa.

Published by The HyperTexts

Loose Knit
by Michael R. Burch

She blesses the needle,
fetches fine red stitches,
criss-crossing, embroidering dreams
in the delicate fabric.

And if her hand jerks and twitches in puppet-like fits,
she tells herself
reality is not as threadbare as it seems ...

that a little more darning may gather loose seams.

She weaves an unraveling tapestry
of fatigue and remorse and pain; ...
only the nervously pecking needle
pricks her to motion, again and again.

Published by The Chariton Review, Penumbra, Black Bear Review, Triplopia. Keywords/Tags: drugs, addiction, user, heroin, needle, tracks, marks, pain, despair, agony, hopelessness, defeat, misery

© 2020 Michael R. Burch


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Tags: drugs, addiction, user, heroin, needle, tracks, marks, pain, despair, agony, hopelessness, defeat, misery