Then write about it
An empowering spoken word poem.
"Intro" is one of the first slam poems I ever wrote - and its the first spoken word piece that I ever performed at a slam, down at the Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan. To me, this is a poem about life and a poem about perseverance. Now only did Intro allow me to help convey to people who I am and where I came from, but this is a slam poem that I used to help give other addicts hope - even if that only meant 3 minutes of escape during a hard time. Hope you enjoy!
At age 30, when I got clean (for the last time), I had used drugs, mostly opiates like heroin, percocet and oxycontin, for more than half my life. That was always a scary thing for me to even say - it felt strange rolling off my tongue. Today, that's not the case. Today, it's the most surreal dream I ever had. Today, I'm still an addict, just one that didn't use.
I hope this poem hits people in a good spot. It's hard to come from nothing to something, but many have done it. Either this resonates with identification, or its inspiration; either way, I hope you enjoy.