some say it’s no fun being a junkie but
it does give one a certain raison d’etre
a reason for getting up in the morning
or the evening or the afternoon or whenever one
happens to be getting up in the middle of the night

the hours to be up and at ‘em
up and at the walls
scratching and pounding
up and at the doors
kicking them open
kicking them closed

up and at the windows
staring through a ghostly reflected face

up and at the telephone
calling the special friend
i’m sorry i woke you but please can i come over right now please

some say the nicest thing about being a junkie
is everything is crystal-clear
all superfluities sloughed off
all distractions burned away in the cold heat of need
it leaves a body terrifically focused

(Copyright 2023 by Tetman Callis.)

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