I couldn’t enter your world

it was during high school

you never said hello

or even noticed when

I passed by



is it possible

my memory of you

is too beautiful?

you were popular with

guys with fashion label clothing

and football players

basketball players &

baseball players

something happened

along the way


tonight a high school friend

showed pictures of you taken this year

I thought I was looking at

an older women toward

the end of her life

I saw skin and bones,

white hair

and skin hugging bones

around your eyes

then a surprise photo . . .

I saw a photo of

you in an orange suit

being booked in jail


tell me

how did crack and meth

come into your life?



do you see the guys from

high school anymore?

I guess you came across

more exciting friends

who introduced you to a new thrill

of cocaine and meth

and now

the thrill is gone

many years have passed

is there any way

I can help?



Published by Jim Wortham

As a teen, wanted to live from writing poetry. Wrote several books, selling nationally. Hung out with readers throughout the United States. My writing has been on back burner. Now dusting off my desk and have my pen in hand. Hope you enjoy some of what I write.

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