The Other High 

It’s another kind of high,

When you turn a blind eye,

To that which once chained you,

Had you begging for just a touch, just a hint;

Had you loitering about like a lout,

Fighting for it in seedy streets,

Shaking hands with shady peeps,

All for a miniscule pinch.


It’s another kind of high,

When you overcome those bald-faced lies,

You told your time-wizened folks,

Who caught you sneaking out at dinner time,

To covertly sell their only car,

Or bike, or your well-earned guitar.

You gave up all that you loved, but you guessed not as much,

As that chemical mirage.


Oh, it’s another kind of high,

When you show that ex who she had effaced,

From her life when she debased,

You; told you ,’you’re wasted, it’s over!’,

Left you bleeding from your eyes for another loser,

Had you reaching for that syringe once again,

Just to overcome a bloody breakup hangover.


Its another kind of high,

When you put those nights behind,

When chained to a rehab bed,

You bleakly realized,

‘No one’s coming for you, you stupid shit!’

Staring at those cold, blank walls, you’d ask yourself,

‘Could death be better than this?’


It’s another kind of high,

When you see your former self in someone else,

And though you empathize with the poor schmuck,

You still thank your luck,

That you’re over it, you’re still alive,

You fought it off and you’ll do alright.

Yes, it’s another kind of high…

You’re high on life!


Copyright ©2017 by Pradita Kapahi.

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66 thoughts on “The Other High 

  1. Oh it’s another kind of high!!😍😍
    I am stoned right now!!
    You write sooo good!!!
    I was actually expecting something related to mothers day, turned out something even more interesting……

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  2. How do you manage to write so well? As I said previously, I’m not a poetry person but I can feel some buzz in these words. BTW what’s the inspiration behind this post?

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    • Thanks a lot. Maybe you’ve developed a liking for poetry? Who knows? Maybe we shall see some coming from you two.

      As for the inspiration, I have some in my extended family who had to deal with drugs and rehab. But I didn’t understand just how bad addiction is until I worked on it a few moths back, for a research project I was doing for someone. The addiction problem runs far deeper than most of us understand. So that’s why the poem

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  3. That was so beautiful. As a recovering addict (~ 3 months now!), you hit the nail on the head in more ways than none. Absolutely beautiful and refreshing to read, and I’m hoping my next high is the one that you described. Thank you for your honesty.

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    • Thank you so much for your words. I’m so happy that you could relate to it. I can’t tell you just what your comment means to me. For you I hope for a quick and complete recovery, and I hope you find every happiness that you deserve in life. Keep going, keep fighting. You’ll make it through 🙂

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