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Demon that Stalks the Addict

I see you there, lurking in the shadows of deceit.
You rear your ancient head to strike and oh your prey tastes sweet.

Demonic grin, the damage done, your poison pulses hot.
Hell bent on our destruction, your vengeance waning not.

Your venom goads in cycles, each day another round.
One to soar us way up high, then one to bring us down.

Down so hard, we're in a fog when time to go to work.
so just a little stimulant to get us going first.

Lured behind the wheel. "Come on, let's roll the dice".
Believing we're OK, tho we could take another's life.

Yes, I see you there lurking in the shadows of deceit;
vile demon with each sunrise, the addict must defeat.


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  1. Date: 4/25/2015 2:20:00 PM

    Wow! Powerful and so very true.
  1. Date: 4/14/2015 8:47:00 PM

    Arlene..You capture addiction well, but addiction to what? Leaves me feeling the addiction is more than it seems.....well written, x Ian I did one called Junkie
  1. Date: 4/14/2015 4:28:00 PM

    Arlene - like your poem. You are a very talented rhymer!