This month, Motley presents a series examining drugs through the lens of poetry. Second in this series is Sinead Mckweon’s thoughtful examination on excess. This is ‘A Thousand Tricks’.

A Thousand Tricks 


We look into the mirror of carnival tricks 

Drink, Drugs, Beauty 

We hide, we waste and we cover 

our fears and our shame. 

tears streaming 

screams echo 

hands clasped before us 

we pray, we pray, we pray. 

Our voices raw from crying out 

in desperation to be fixed  

our minds lost, no longer our own 

we see the ads every which way, 

trapping us in a box of lies 

that show how it should be, 

tell us that we need to be repaired 

and taunt us with our  


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