Kids on Drugs
(a walk on the child’s side)
Janey just wants to be good,
to do as we all know she should,
to glow in our smiles and hugs.
And we try to fix her with drugs.
Johnny can’t think and move well,
caught in his chemical haze hell.
His outbursts caused such consternation;
we must keep him on his medication.
Children must be stabilized by rules.
We can’t afford disruption in our schools,
or real help to sort out what’s wrong,
or room for diverse minds, vibrant movement, to belong.
Maggie died so quietly, so young
her life unlived, her brilliant song unsung.
All the drugs, taunts, disappointed sighs
overwhelmed her instinct to survive.