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Month Three

Here goes something on substance abuse

By Jesenia Chavez
Published on LatinoLA: December 1, 2004


Month Three


I work for social services, and well, I get frustrated. I hear a lot of sad stories, and I write. Here goes something on substance abuse...

MONTH THREE

Pre-disposed to alcoholism, co-dependency, substance abuse, learning disabilities, deformed faces, fetal alcohol syndrome, crack baby, predisposed, predisposed, statistically more likely to have major behavioral disorders, to fail,
to be labeled a bad kid, to be medicated,
and baby it?s only month three
And momma didn?t know where to get birth control
And momma can?t get an abortion cuz she don?t know where to go, and her daddy ain?t rich, and momma can?t get abortion cuz she?s too sick, she?s an addict,
And baby it?s only month three,
but momma can?t get an abortion cuz she?s a Christian,
Cuz the guilt is powerful, cuz she wants someone to love, cuz this time she?s getting clean, cuz momma needs a friend, and this time she?s getting clean,
And baby it's only month three,
And your chances of survival are diminished and your chances at survival are slim,
And baby you didn?t choose your mommy, and baby you didn?t choose your daddy, and baby you didn?t choose a poor family, you didn?t choose to be a person of color,
and baby its only month three,
and you?re labeled baby, and you didn?t choose,
And baby you?re predisposed labeled and carted off the operating table, baby you?re not free, oh my babies on the street, my babies behind bars, my babies in juvenile hall, my babies, my babies,
and baby its only month three.


About Jesenia Chavez:
chicanita part-time poeta,
divajes@yahoo.com




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