Informed choice

Trying to get by without getting high,
no amphetamines
no ketamin
no white
no brown
trying to get by is getting me down,

some have been there
with me
in the crack house
air
thick with quick eyes
and quicker lies,
some steered clear.

Like moths
we get too close to the flame,
no one to blame
but ourselves.

So
without getting high
I’ll get by,

I hear the stuck up shout, shut up
and there but for the grace of God
go I.

© 2019, John Smallshaw.