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Below is the poem entitled Relapse which was written by poet Louise Reilly. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Damn, I thought I was past this,
At least on the surface.
Mangled misshapen life.
Back to drag me down.

Drives everyone away,
This ... sickness,
It poisons the corners of my mind.
I retreat into the darkest corner,
To find it waiting.

It grins like a Cheshire cat,
Stalks my movements.
Lies in wait.
Always waiting for...

... a slip?

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  1. Date: 9/19/2008 6:43:00 PM
    Hi Louise - You know hon they say relapse is a part of recovery and I believe it is - You did an outstanding job of explaining how our addictions prey on us - My e-mail is consider it another number on the phone list and feel free to use it at any time - I'm glad to see you posted and want you to know I'm always a part of your support group - e-mail and if you want I'll give you my cell# I'm a 24 hour one man support group to any addict - I love you hon - God Bless