Hi everyone. My name is Steve Heppinstall. I am an ex-heroin addict who has been clean for nearly 3 years now. I have been attending Rotherham Flourish courses and enjoy creative writing. Over the past year I’ve been working on my friend’s allotment which has really helped my mental health and inspired this piece of writing. I hope you like it.
I want to tell you that it’s hard trying to start again
but it’s worth it in the long run.
I started taking heroin when I was 19
To be one of the lads and part of the scene
But I started a new page. A new chapter where things are fresh,
not living the same old life.
A new dance to a different beat in a new venue.
Like the first cup of hot coffee in the morning
and the last cold beer at night.
I want to tell you
Now I am happy and free like a rabbit in a field of flowers,
a mix of colours and sounds
and there is nothing like the taste of fresh strawberries
When you grow them yourself.
That light up the world around you
like a big disco ball in the sky
throwing up patterns and shapes
that colours in your life
and you light up the future in front of you
illuminating your path.