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“The Wall of Deafness”


Listen, drug addicts,
listen to me, please.

My son died from your fatal disease.

We tried and we tried to convince him
to get help,

But he put up that “Wall of deafness”
we came to know so well.

You are very sick, very sick indeed;
and you don’t know what you really need.

Please, let those who love you
channel your fate,


Or your parents will be planning
your funeral date.

I’ve seen that “Wall of Deafness”
several times since.

One young man is dead
and another one winced…

So don’t put up that “Wall of deafness”
I saw in my son.

Though I hadn’t realized it then,
the sad journey had begun.

Carol Wagner 5/28/09

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