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An Addict's Prose

I am Sadness
I am Death
I am Longing
I am Need

I am the beast within you
My call you can never ignore

I am Terror
I am Blithe
I am Impulse
I am Love

I am the reason that she leaves you
I give you hope that she will return

I am Hate
I am Desire
I am Faith
I am Weakness

I am the lover in bed beside you
Telling you to have just one more

I am Venal
I am Trust
I am Rapture
I am Thirst

I feel the horror of sobriety
When you stop to see yourself

I am Ambition
I am Loss
I am Truth
I am Hurt

I am the dream of normalcy
That haunts the bottom of the glass

I am Sorrow
I am Oblivion
I am Hunger
I am Absence

I am the beast within you
My call you can never ignore

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  1. Date: 7/5/2009 3:42:00 PM
    Good write.- jeremia

  1. Date: 5/7/2009 6:33:00 AM
    Awesome write. Deff. a good example of addiction

  1. Date: 4/8/2009 11:05:00 AM
    this is.....-shivers- that word says it all... prayers for you, or whoever this is about, and for others like 'you'...i hope you are released from this evils grips...<3 Jessica

  1. Date: 12/24/2008 4:25:00 AM
    Dear Bradley, Congratulations on your win, and warest wishes to you and your family for the HAPPIEST CHRISTMAS AND BEST NEW YEAR. Lainie

  1. Date: 12/22/2008 1:15:00 PM
    Interesting approach to the topic. Congratulations on being one of the winners in Michael's contest. I wish you continued success with your writing. Karen

  1. Date: 12/22/2008 6:16:00 AM
    Congratulations Bradley on your win in Michael's contest. So well deserved. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 12/22/2008 1:40:00 AM
    Congratulations, Bradley, on your well deserved win in Michael's contest. Nigel

  1. Date: 10/26/2008 4:51:00 AM
    Being addict is such a menace. Lives are ruined, families destroyed and childhood lost. This was an apt way to put all that destruction. I loved the flow of it, the way it carried a message line by line, penetrating the heart more and more!! Lets try to tame the beast of addiction. Take care, Chitra

  1. Date: 10/26/2008 3:57:00 AM
    Excellent description of addiction - it truly is a beast, and one of the hardest to tame. it involves a total life transformation, and that, to most, is a very scary ordeal. One must just do it. Life awaits...well said, love Kristin

  1. Date: 10/25/2008 3:51:00 PM
    There is always a way out, you must seek it...ask for help...Always, Christy

  1. Date: 10/25/2008 12:59:00 PM
    Bradley being a addict who served two prison terms for manufacturing methamphetamine I can totally relate to this poem - I now have 5 years clean - if you wish to know more of my story read my poem "destruction - reconstruction" - or "one second" - both are quite graphic - Great job penning this - God Bless