You empty dreamer,
Gently tapping that orange-white divide.
Life is the unwanted ashes
You leave on the gravel,
Narcotic smoke dribbling
From your clenched teeth, clenched-fist-
Protest, you pretentious rebel
In faux leather, leathery smile;
You’re not fooling anyone,
Dear addict of Addictions.
Contradictions brand your character,
Searing through your true self:
That sniveling, snotty-nosed brat
Sniffling in the corner of your heart –
(Does a rehab program exist for
You murder that brat with each drag,
Brazenly dictating your death sentence,
And all in the name of
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