Real Pain (a poem)

drugs alleviate pain

from terrible torment

but that’s before craving

sets in, like an ogre

dragging at my brain

making me feel shame

why do I do this?

I ask, & I never

like the answers

addiction is not a fun game

nor a game at all

just a way in which

I escape reality

drugs alleviate pain

but real pain

comes later on

(Photo by Saneej Kallingal on Unsplash – edited by Nick Pipitone)


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