Apparently the interview of the heroin addicts has touched a creative nerve among the inmates at the jail. First I interviewed the three inmates about the costs of heroin, meth, and cocaine. Then I had the 50 year old inmate who wrote two letters to my readers about the life of a drug addict. Now I have a poem given to me by another 50 year old lifelong drug addict who has 9 numbers so far (A number for each time they go to prison). Other inmates are telling me they also want to write something for the paper, we will see how many actually carry through.
The person who wrote this week’s missive has his 26 year old son in the same Pod, also on drug related charges. At first there was tension between the two men but I think they have come to know each other better since both are physically clean of the effects of drugs. Now if you have learned anything from this series, it is that being physically clean does not mean mentally clean. Many users who have been off the drugs or alcohol for a year or more resume their old ways as soon as they get out.
So here is Papa’s poem that he wrote while inside.