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David Farrar over at Kiwiblog posted the following poem on his blog. Paul Holmes read it out on his slot on his Saturday programme on Newstalk ZB. In 2007 Paul's daughter was convicted of posessing methamphetamine (also known as P), and as any father would, Paul really struggled through this time. Anyway, the poem here is very moving - would be excellent if all young people could read or hear this poem. While I support decriminalisation of drugs, I want it to be crystal clear that I am strongly opposed to drug abuse and am keen to be much more involved in raising awareness and helping people caught up in the crippling, downward spiral of such a lifestyle. Here's the poem.


I destroy homes, I tear families apart
I take your children, and that’s just a start
I’m more costly than diamonds, more precious than gold
The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold

If you need me, remember, I’m easily found
I live all around you, in schools and in town
I live with the rich, I live with the poor
I live down the street, I may be next door

I’m made in a lab, but not like you think
I can be made under the kitchen sink
In your child’s closet, and even in the woods
If this scares you to death, it certainly should

I have many names, but there’s one you know best
I’m sure you’ve heard of me, my name is Crystal Meth
My power is awesome, try me, you’ll see
But if you do, you’ll never be free

Just try me once, and I might let you go
But try me twice and I’ll own your soul
When I possess you, you’ll steal and you’ll lie
You’ll do what you have to, just to get high

The crimes you’ll commit, for my narcotic charms
Will be worth the pleasure you’ll feel in your arms
You’ll lie to your mother, you’ll steal from your dad
When you see their tears, you should feel sad

But you’ll forget your morals and how you were raised
I’ll be your conscience, I’ll teach you my ways
I take kids from parents, and parents from kids
I turn people from God and separate friends

I’ll take everything from you, your looks and your pride
I’ll be with you always, right by your side.
You’ll give up everything, your family, your home
Your friends, your money, then you’ll be alone

I’ll take and I’ll take till you have nothing more to give
When I’ve finished with you, you’ll be lucky to live
If you try me, be warned, this is no game
If given the chance, I’ll drive you insane

I’ll ravish your body, I’ll control your mind
I’ll own you completely, your soul will be mine
The nightmares I’ll give you while you’re lying in bed
The voices you’ll hear from inside your head

The sweats, the shakes, the visions you’ll see
I want you to know, these are your gifts from me
But then it’s too late, and you’ll know in your heart,
That you are mine, and we shall not part

You’ll regret that you tried me, they always do
But you came to me, not I to you
You knew this would happen, many times were you told
But you challenged my power, and I chose to be bold

You could have said no and just walked away
If you could live that day over, now what would you say?
I’ll be your master, you’ll be my slave
I’ll even go with you, when you go to your grave

Now that you’ve met me, what will you do?
Will you try me or not? It’s all up to you
I can bring you more misery, than words can tell
Come, take my hand, let me lead you to hell.

Check out The Meth Project website for more information on how terrible P is, and what we can do to help.

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Anonymous Rachel T said...

Uhg. I once saw a DVD on meth. It was terrifying. That poem was on the end of it. If I have it correctly, the girl who wrote it was in prison at the time, for using meth. After she got out she went back on meth and later died from an overdose

9:47 pm, July 26, 2009 
Blogger Andy Moore said...

:( Let's see what we can do to help out.

6:28 pm, July 27, 2009 
Anonymous Curious said...

"While I support decriminalisation of drugs..."

How will legalising narcotics effect a positive change in society?

8:49 pm, July 30, 2009 
Blogger Andy Moore said...

I'm not sure that decriminalising drugs will necessarily effect a positve change in society. My reasoning for decriminalising drugs is that they should never have been criminalised in the first place. One positive outcome would be that the drug trade and drug use would move out of the underworld meaning that drug addicts would not have the same trouble in seeking help.

12:51 am, July 31, 2009 
Anonymous Curious said...

Of course they should have been criminalised. Those of wisdom and understanding in society have a duty to protect those of a less discerning nature from harm.

As for the positive outcome you suggest, it is simply not based in fact. We have a supportive rehabilitation system in New Zealand, and if a drug user wishes to seek help, it's as simple as calling the drug abuse line 0800 787 797) or visiting any G.P.

5:41 pm, August 10, 2009 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please Dont do drugs !!! , that just destroy your life , and turn you violent , as an old friend told me .

12:09 pm, November 20, 2009 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is ALWAYZ hope...

1:57 pm, December 10, 2009 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love this is true

3:39 pm, December 30, 2009 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

meth you have taken my friends meth you took them to hell www.CAYLE.Org

3:40 pm, December 30, 2009 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meth you negra has my best friend called you to drove him insane


3:42 pm, December 30, 2009 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been clean off the white dope sence 12/18/2005... and I feel good about it. when I started using it I was 19, and now I'm 32. I have 2 sons who have been through a lot. I have been in prison 2 times,and jail several times.It wasn't untill the secend rip in prison did I even thing about getting help.
I entered the C.L.I.F.F program at Rockville correctional facility in Indiana. That program was every hard... I graduated 12/06/06... and I hope that the ladies who follow in the steps of the others who have made it, will never forget where they have been and what they were.... good luck to all you out there who are still fighting the never ending battle of your addictions. There is hope for us all. Remember that only 1 in 3 addicts will make you have to try harder then you ever have... if you put in as much effert in to your recovery than you did in doing the dope,well then you should be good to go... With much love from a fellow addict....respectfuly Tomi

4:21 am, February 04, 2010 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was once addicted to p i used p for seven years and tryed to take my life i have been clean for five years now and even though i am clean i now suffer from severe depression and paraniod schitsefrenia
i was once a happy go lucky person that live life to the full people can sit there and tell you that cannabis is a gateway drug im living proof of that as i started smoking weed when i was 13 years old as i lived in a small rural nz town that excepted cannabis smoking as being normal but when i was 21 the drug dealers started get smart and started lacing the tinnies with p i smoked 2 tinnies and that was the beginning of my journey down the yellow brick road i started smoking p at 21 and withing 10 weeks or so i was a recluse i never left the house i would hear car doors slam outside and i would run and hide in a closet the low life of the whole experience was robbing my freinds and family to get my next fix soon i left taihape to move to a undesclosed nz city and within a week i was getting so fucked up all the time and to pay for my habit i was robbing ten to twenty houses a day to pay for my habit. at the height of my addiction i was shooting up about $3000 dollars of meth a week. i have been told that once when i shoot up i od and my freinds went and threw me in a dumpster to die which is where i decided to as in the words of that guy off shawshank ti get busy living or get busy dying thankfully i decided to live i checked myself into rehab and life has been clean and sober ever since i live in this undisclosed nz city for ten years and dont even remember living there that is scary this is my story and
if you are using there is a way out

8:52 am, March 18, 2010 

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