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Drug Addiction: A Poem

Updated on April 1, 2012

The Stranger

Is that you, Addiction, sitting next to me in church today?

How dare you flaunt your hopeless hostage in this house.

Ah, I see, you did not come of your own accord.

Your silent discomfort trickles like sweat.

I really can’t take my eyes off of you,

Such a foreign fascination.

Your thin grey cloak covers him so completely,

Clouding his downcast eyes and sallow skin.

Your daily consumption of this man

Has left him withered and wasted.

What dark halls have you forced him to walk?

Where are you hiding his smile, his peace?

Did you see the one who led you here?

He gave you the finest seat

Right next to his young family.

Doesn’t he make your master tremble?

How does it feel to be so exposed,

Standing alone near this blaze of the Holy Spirit?

You quietly recoil, but cannot escape just yet.

As we sing, the heat intensifies.

The song is over, and you may leave now.

You still hold his strings,

But not so tightly.

Did you notice?


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      Sarah Johnson 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thanks, savanahl. I just read your poem on poverty which you hit the core of the issue as well as the core of the person reading.

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      What an awesome poem. I love the way you personify addiction. It really made the poem more profound. Beautifully written.

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      Sarah Johnson 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Hi, Susan! Thanks for reading and for the nice comment.

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      susan54 5 years ago

      chaplin, Great job!

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      Sarah Johnson 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      skye2day, thank you so much for praying for this young man. This was several weeks ago, and I have been unable to stop thinking about him. At first, I felt so much pity - then I realized my pity would not help him. Our prayers will.

      Hi, my new buddy, Godzangel. I appreciate your comment very much. This was a different style/approach for me on HubPages.

      Thanks to you, too, justateacher, for stopping by and the encouraging words.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I agree with Godzangel...simply awesome!

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      Godzangel 5 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      This is awesome my friend!! I absolutely love it!

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      skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Wow! I know about addiction. Dark. May God help us all. He could and would if HE were sought. Do not give up on God. He can make the way, He is the way maker. The poem is moving and a heart wretching plea for help.

      The enemy has been defeated on the Cross at calvary for us.

      Yet the addiciton consumes. I know I have been there.

      I lift the addict in prayer Almighty God. May the complusion be lifted as far as the east is from the west never ever to return. You GOD are the consuming fire that binds and delivers and heals. Oh rescue your precious creation sweet Jesus and deliver from the chains. Please go quickly Lord, In the precious name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

      May the peace of God shelter you and keep you and Bless you in His loving arms today always and forever. God can turn all things for the good for those that love Him.

      Jesus loves you! Open the door and let Him in to dine with you in His Holy awesome power and love. Sending hugs.