My poem Lolly Logic was published in the last edition of Ripples Magazine (Ed. 17). I worked in the alcohol and drug field for ever a decade before seeing the error of my ways and getting out while still in one piece. It comes back to haunt me, however, and occasionally I find myself involved in the heated debates that arise on how to deal with the pervasive problems of alcohol and other drug use. This is a reposting of my poem.

For my American and French online friends – the word lolly means sweets or candy (la logique des bonbons)  in Australia

Lolly Logic

A bit tired?

coffee, tea

of course!

~

pain?

paracetamol, codeine, morphine

good idea

~

ADHD?

amphetamine, methylphenidate

must say yes

~

giving birth?

gas, pethidine, epidural

better say yes

~

depressed?

zoloft, lexapro, prozac

yes, yes, yes

~

anxious?

valium, librium, xanax

without a doubt

~

can’t sleep?

temazepam, nitrazepam, midazolam

no worries

~

keep sleeping?

methylphenidate, sodium oxybate

good idea

~

bipolar?

lithium carbonate, carbomazepine

you’d better say yes

~

schizophrenic?

haloperidol, chlorpromazine, risperidone

we’ll make you say yes

~

want to party?

alcohol

of course!

~

want to relax?

cigarettes

just say no

~

too much pain?

heroin, morphine, oxycodone

just say no

~

feeling on edge?

downers

just say no

~

need a lift?

uppers

just say no

~

sad or depressed?

ice, speed

just say no

~

chronic anxiety?

cannabis, hashish

just say no

~

sleep deprived?

benzos, hypnotics

just say no

~

sleep advantaged?

crystal meth

just say no

~

want to party?

all of the above

just say no!