So much more I could say
about everything from those days,
the times at the shops hardly touched
with hands out, but laughing
for cash for the drugs.

Or snowball fights with the men in blue
who wore black, but anyhoo.
The long weekends in Maryhill nick
cos Baird Street was full (hmm that don’t stick).

The bundles of tems hid behind the wall
When cash in my hand I sold them all.
Running about with bags of v
knowing in plain sight, the Police couldn’t see

Break ins and break outs,
Shops, cars and vans;
it was the life we lived
we all thought “I’m the man”.

So maybe another book,
might even be two
will open the door to
what I went through.

I haven’t scratched the
surface of life
with Jesus in view,
three daughters, and
a wife.
This gift of life so new
of moving on through
life in St Mark’s
Blenders and Jobcare
and Ballykeel Two.

©Stuart Patterson 2019

This POEM is part of a wider collection to show the journey that would eventually lead me to the cross of Jesus Christ, my personal redemption, and my journey of faith afterwards. If you would like to know more of my story, please click on my “About” page and take it from there.

Alternatively, you can visit the Media Links page and see a short visit done by BBC Radio Scotland for an interview I did there.

I have now released an early edition of my story, Completing the Tenner

I have also published two poem books: Simply Jesus  and Five Weeks in May

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You can purchase these direct from Amazon (please use Amazon Smile link below and Amazon will contribute to ECC at no cost to you), They are all available in both Kindle and Paperback formats.

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There is now a devotional aimed at new Christians called “Take a seat this is available direct from me.

If you or someone you love, needs help with the Christian response to addiction, or if you would just like to know more or need hope, please click on one of the following:

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