CODEINE + COCAINE

By Christopher Sedgwick

Codeine for opiate dreams

Cocaine for days mundane

Some who indulge are considered insane

Others know it helps with the pain


Longing for life and running from death

Isn’t always a hobby for those bereft

Lost love or lost life

Haunts their bones late at night


With only the poison relief

To make them feel right

To dance beneath the stars

Pupils dilated to appreciate the light

Making up new friends

To rewrite the stories that bite


Or maybe drift in a clouded haze

That fuzzies their external gaze

Dampening life’s imminent maze

All to numb the fear of days

Impending ending

That final phase


So let them dance

And sway in peace

You don’t know their hell

Their internal grief

Allow them refuge all the same

As they indulge

Codeine and cocaine.


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