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by Patrick James

When all of a life is
a strange betrayal,
as cold cocaine lines
through squinting eyes,
an estranged deceit
under countless names
but slave to one faith.
When the needle marks
tattoo the racing heart
with the tracks of hurt
all time's a soft blur,
twisting blood to dirt.

Like heroin's teasing kiss
the rush is iced water,
taken into every thought
it fills up every cell-
blackening the blindness
of its own self-delusions
and numb-disbelief stalks
every victimised thought,
like a pimp at night
in alleyways of the mind.