Coming Clean Prompt

Prompt:

Since I read two books and am in Comp. II and A.P. Eng. I asked Mr. Acton if I could write a poem; he agreed to it, but before I get into the poem I will tell a little bit about the books. One was called Coming Clean and the other was called A Million Little Pieces. One is an autobiography and the other a biography. At first the author of the second book, A Million Little Pieces, called it an autobiography but it was discovered that he lied and some of the book was stories from other people so the publisher changed it. Coming Clean was about a girl who grew up in a loving yet dirty environment. Her dad was a hoarder and later when her mother grows sick she starts ordering things and begins hoarding things herself. the author talks about her experience, having mixed emotions for her parents. She knows they loved her exceedingly so, but she questions what would have been put first. Her or her parent’s stuff? A Million Little Pieces begins rather oddly, where at the age of 23 the author wakes up on a plane to find his four front teeth knocked out, his nose broken, and a hole through his cheek. He had no idea where plane was heading nor an recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and crack addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing. There he was told he could either stop using or die before he reached 24. This is his story of his 6 weeks in rehab. This poem is about Coming Clean.

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Coming Clean

Coming Clean 
Genivyve Smith
23 - 26 Sept. 2013

Coming Clean

Coming Clean of my sins

Coming Clean of the hope

Coming Clean of the dope.

 

Coming Clean

Coming Clean of my sins

Coming Clean of the shame

Coming Clean of the blame.

 

Coming Clean

Coming Clean of my sins

Coming Clean of the pain

Coming Clean of the blood from the slain.

 

Coming Clean

Coming Clean of my sins

Coming Clean of the clutter

Coming Clean of the slimy gutter crap.

 

Coming Clean

Coming Clean of my sins

Coming Clean of the nasty

Coming Clean of the blasphemy.

 

Coming Clean

Coming Clean of my sins

Coming Clean of the rats

Coming Clean of you rats.

 

Coming Clean

I do not believe in God.

Personal Responsibility.

“They were all alcoholic disasters, they found God, they all started dancing the Twelve step, they all got better. As with with most testimonials like this that I’ve read or heard or been forced to endure, something about them strikes me as weak, hollow and empty. Though the people in them are no longer drinking and doing drugs, they’re still living with the obsession. Though they have achieved sobriety, their lives are based on the avoidance, discussion and vilification of the chemicals they once needed and loved. Though they function as human beings, they function because of their Meetings their Dogma and their God. Take them away and they are right back were they started. They have an addiction.

Addictions need fuel. I am not convinced Meetings and a Dogma and a God can fuel mine.” [78]

“I am an Alcoholic and I am a Drug Addict and I am a Criminal.” [74]

I am dirty.

And I am Coming Clean.