Addiction Poem

I’ve had many (maybe too many) times where I chose the poison. Maybe it was a guy, a drink, my depression, food... and the people around me, most of them just told me what I should or shouldn’t be doing when all I needed was support. If you know someone struggling, hold them, love them, tell them they are strong. Support them, believe in them and trust that it will pass. Hold them along the journey.

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I Need Your Support

© more by Raquel Franco

Published by Family Friend Poems April 2021 with permission of the Author.

This is my drowning,
my teeth sinking
into sour apples
and I’m not hiding

but I don’t need you
to tell me to stop picking
poison fruit. I need you
to tell me you know I’m strong,

to offer your arms as tender
until I discover on my own
that I no longer crave
the bite.


Raquel Franco is a woman with the intention to connect and share her experiences in order to dare women to be brave, to find confidence and carry it within themselves. Her work has been featured on Thought Catalog, Harness Magazine, and she is the author of the poetry collections This Woman is Still Girl and Keep Me Wild, available on Amazon. She is also featured in the short story and poetry compilation [Dis]Connected Vol. 2. When she is not committed to the pen, she is raising two bambinos, listening to Taylor Swift, and taking photographs.


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