This poem is spillover from the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from dialecticdreamer
. It also fills the "fever / delirium" square in my 6-16-15 card
for the hc_bingo
fest. This poem has been sponsored by Daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Shiv
thread of the Polychrome Heroics
series. It directly follows "Renewing a Sense of Community
," and while this poem stands alone pretty well, it will make a bit more sense if you've read that one first.
Warning: This poem includes some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Jimar has a bad reaction to some contraband drugs that he took. Dr. Bloch and Nurse Espinoza do their best to take care of him. It features messy medical details, graphic description of a bad drug trip, addictive personality traits, past history of people mishandling addiction issues, current conditions undermining quality of care, controversy over how best to treat addicts, low sense of self-worth, and other challenges.
If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.( Read more... )