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Below is the poem entitled BEWARE OF INTERNET CULPRITS which was written by poet Carolyn McGhee. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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When you look in the mirror, who do you see?
Does the reflection starring back, remind you of me?
I hope it's the latter, for your safety at best,
To live like I lived, is the ultimate test.

I answered an ad, promising fortune and fame,
Naively unaware, that it was all a game,
To use and abuse my body and mind,
They took away everything I owned in time.

I was told I'd see my name up in lights,
On this I concentrated and centered my sights,
Being coached to undress made me very uneasy,
As I posed for the camera, though the pictures were cheesy.

I embarrassed my family and friends, I know,
If I could turn back time, to my old life I'd go.

I was caught in a web of deception and lies,
Towards everyone around me, I feared and despised,
Being hooked on drugs, and enslaved to it's power,
In pictures I looked like a sick wilting flower.

At 17, I succumbed to an over-dose of drugs,
Sold to me by some ruthless old thugs,
I leave you my legacy, 'DO NOT WHAT I DO,'
With my life now over, breathe's a message for you.

Be content with your life, and thank God for it,
Those prowlers on the net, are evil culprits,
Keep your head in your books, be the best you can be,
When you feel yourself slipping, just think about me.

When you look in the mirror, NOW who do you see?
I hope the reflection reminds you of me,
Yes my life is now over, but my legacy lives on,

To relax me I was fed some "tiny red pills,"
Going back to that time still gives me the chills,
Soon the pills weren't enough, and they gave me some "dust,"
Staying numb to my surroundings, I FELT I MUST!

The promise of fortune and fame was met,
My pictures were scattered all over the net,

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