Witch Solution is a little trick or treat story poem that I wrote, printed, and passed out a few copies in downtown Youngstown, Ohio, just before Halloween in 2015. The PDF is free to download if you want to print & fold your own copy. Here’s the link: WitchSolution.
“How to fold” instructions, if needed, can be found HERE.
FAIR WARNING: The poems in this mini chapbook contain profanity.
I know, mama says you can always choose nicer, softer words… but, I cannot candy coat raw emotions without denying how I feel. There was nothing nice or soft or gentle about my nephew’s body being discarded like an empty paper cup tossed out of a car in a McDonald’s parking lot.
The second poem is about a girl I knew a few years ago, a neighbor who tried so hard to get clean. She was like a different person, happy and free, until her old dealer showed up in red car. It’s a little hard to avoid people, places, and things when they bring the shit right to your door.
The two poems are interrelated as my nephew had been clean for years. Why would he use again? Did he have a choice?
My father has this theory that some deaths by heroin overdoses are murders that will never be investigated, book closed, wrote off as just another addict OD. It doesn’t matter how well they got their life together, how much time had passed… assumed moment of weakness, leaving loved ones shocked and confused, looking for answers, something that might make sense.
Hi, Nancy here… this is Youngstown, as read at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts on October 7, 2015, so it was typed to fit one sheet of paper, not to look like a pretty poem. If you have old eyes, click on the image to view full size. Thanks for reading!
PS: please excuse the typo’s… there is at least one misspelled word, actually a wrong word due to the wrong vowel. Find it, win a prize? IDK… suppose I could mail a button to the first person who finds it. Please, do NOT leave your address in the comments!
UPDATE August 2019: Youngstown, the poem, has been added to my “free to download as a PDF to print & fold your own copy” mini chapbook series of bad poetry. Here’s the link: Ytown.pdf How to fold instructions can be found here. Maybe I should go back and double check to see if I fixed the vowel thing. Humm… maybe another day.