Tuesday, August 24, 2021

In the Shadow of Addiction - SOL21

 In the Shadow of Addiction

(Originally published April 1, 2021)

After the first sip
then the next and the next and the next
fear and anxiety worn like a cloak
oh, that it was on invisibility

Prayers sent up
waiting and hoping and waiting and hoping and

Be. Ever. So. Quiet.
Do. Not. Awaken. The. BEAST
Hide yourself away from ITS distorted view
Behind closed doors

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
In The Shadow of Addiction
EVERYONE suffers the shame


This poem was original written and published at a time when addiction was a distance thought...a thing to be reflected upon. Today, unfortunately, addiction is no longer a distant thought. It is a present thing in our lives.

This time, however, no fear, no anxiety!
Prayers are being sent up!
Hoping and Waiting are about all I can do.

Still being ever. so. quiet, but
This time,
To let God take control.


  1. Prayers and hoping right along with you! I have prayed the prayers and kept the faith and there is indeed hope!

  2. Powerful poem and yes when I've come across trauma and grief - just letting go and being held by God's hands has been such a blessing. My prayers are flying right beside youers.

  3. A thoughtful poem on one of those "it will never happen to me" topics. I am praying with hope alongside you this morning, for light in the darkness.

  4. Thinking of you and all those addiction may touch. Your poem is very powerful.