Lolly Logic

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!

24 thoughts on “Lolly Logic

  1. Let’s just say you sure hit that nail on its head.
    Yeah–drugs–legal and illegal for all our ‘woes’. Yeah, the business of drug dealing on multiple levels. Medication as ‘the’ option of choice–who chooses. The power of saying no.
    waves to you

  2. Thanks for that – a society saturated with drugs. It is the hypocrisy that gets to me. We are supposed to drug up our kids, mentally ill etc., to keep them manageable and then get upset when they decide that using illicit drugs has some benefits.

    • No problemo! – I’ll email it to you, but don’t forget to direct them to the blog as well. Cheers Gabrielle

  3. Hey, had to come back and toss this your way because your poem kept nagging at me and then I remembered ‘why’–Have you read Steven Morgan’s “the wind never lies” ???? It’s about being medicated and, and well check it out, it’s long–but, I think very very insightful and self aware and brutally honest. ooo I ought to have brought a link…I’ll be back!

    • http://bipolarblast.wordpress.com/

      “beyond meds” is the blog name and it’s not being updated as of just recently but it’s online in order to serve as an information resource. It also has a version of “the wind never lies” which is where I found it–for totally other reasons of interest. Still I found myself fascinated with what the blogger was dealing with in regard to being medicated for so long. It’s not like I was unaware of the practice of drugging the bejeesus out of people–but –well, it was an eye-opener in several ways. And Morgan’s piece just really –well, it really hit in connection to what a friend who, from the experience of a mental health professional, has said for years—western means of psychology do NOTHING for Native American people’s issues. I think the meds issue makes it clear that such means do nothing for anyone’s true issues–unless they’re suffering from some terrible bio-chemical chaos that there’s no other way to get some relief from. Ahhh and I’m noticing how I’ve run off at the fingertips. Um, okay, hope this is of interest to someone along the way.
      Peace.

      • Thanks for the link – it looks really interesting. I agree that western psychology and psychiatry are not helpful for Native American peoples issues. Mental health issues always need to be looked at from a cultural perspective. Cheers Gabrielle.

    • Thanks Carolyn – it’s also a dig at the alcohol and drug field (the just say no campaigns etc.,)- get’s a bit depressing working for over a decade in this area and getting absolutely no-where (or backwards even).

  4. That is a thought provoking poem, Gabrielle.

    Problem
    Solution
    Norm

    Social Conscience?
    Suppress, repress
    Social con science

    Maybe that explains the circularity? Or maybe no.

  5. Stop swearing at me boy – you’re doing my head in with your conundrums – ha,ha,ha!!! Seriously – the problem, solution, norm is good; your haiku even better – someone’s getting conned that’s for sure (‘and it ain’t me baby, no, no, no, it ain’t me babe’ – Bob D.). Thanks Brad for sharing.

  6. Excellent poem, and good food for thought, too — the drug debate reeks of hypocrisy and double standards — absolutely infuriating. No logic in it at all, and love the irony of your poem’s title!

  7. translating is tricky, even for simple things like sweets. I would say in French ” douceurs” . In the dictionary it is “sucreries”, (sucre means sugar)…so it depends.

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