HORSE (a heroin poem)

By shadowsinthelight

You are now larger than life
Tens of thousands screaming your name
Too much too fast
You are not sure this undeserved success will last

The pain that fueled your art
Is still tearing you apart
What you need is a friend
One who will be with you until the end

I am the Horse
I don't care
About your fortune or fame
I am the Horse
I don't care
About your family or name

Hop on my back for a free ride
Don't believe them about slow suicide
Together we will go and hide
Our bond will last a lifetime

I'll ease your pain
I'll numb your brain
Your friends and family will not understand
How we can be such intimate friends

Who else makes you feel this way
As I take your troubles away
I have removed all your doubt
Isn't this what love is all about

You are young and strong
Can handle anything
To an empty God
You are now praying

It is now too late
You have sealed your fate
Once more push the needle in
Once more inject the venom

My will is stronger than yours
Now that I am under your skin
You are flying so high
Who is listening as your children cry

I am the Horse I don't care
I have many pretty names
I am the Horse I don't care
I have always been the same

Riding in the back of a limousine
A spoon, a syringe and a full magazine
Whether you're in a penthouse suite
Lying in an alley or a shooting gallery

To me they are all the same
As long as I own your veins
You thought you had no innocence left to lose
At first, you chose me, now it's me that chooses you

You thought that money
Was the only price to pay
You will do whatever I require
To remain bound in my chains

Call my name
Every time you call
The deeper into me
You will fall

I am the Horse
I don't care
About what you have become
I am the Horse
I don't care
To my power you have succumbed

It was your pain that brought you to me
It was your pain you thought I took away
It is your pain that keeps you with me
Try to leave, I will increase it a thousand-fold everyday

In the end
You will not care about your family or friends
This is the end
Your very last fix
It is time I ford you across the River Styx

I am the Horse
I don't care
Who is the next in line
I am the Horse
I welcome the curious
Hey you, how about a free ride

©1997 by Steve Giacomini All Rights Reserved

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Copyright 2003 shadowsinthelight
Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2003.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • Nixx On Friday, August 2, 2013, Nixx (251)By person wrote:

    i've lost a few friends this way but never went there myself (thankfully as i think back). almost lost myself in that world though. very well written. why isnt this poem of the day yet?

  • A former member wrote: Cheers, this poem is what brought me to this site. Do you think the unaffected understand? Being affected myself, every line rings true, would money make difference?

  • A former member wrote: I really like the truth in this. As a recovering heroin addict of many years. I felt so much truth and real depth in your words...

  • RevenLore On Thursday, July 29, 2010, RevenLore (43)By person wrote:

    Both poem and prose, well composed, and well i very much liked it!

  • A former member wrote: oh, the sweet seduction of those narcotic substances ment ot ease are pain, how we all think the we are powerful enough to try just once and then leave, but the chemistry is stronger... beautifully written

  • Distorted_Reality On Thursday, October 18, 2007, Distorted_Reality (107)By person wrote:

    I love it =)

  • A former member wrote: Damn. You got it down, dude. This is awesome.

  • Winter Born On Saturday, May 12, 2007, Winter Born (173)By person wrote:

    Damn horse lied to me...I never got that free ride. He never stops calling my name either... awsome write.

  • Disassembly Boy On Friday, May 4, 2007, Disassembly Boy (63)By person wrote:

    black horse riding star, break my heart and fuck you.......

  • unspeakable truth On Wednesday, April 4, 2007, unspeakable truth (104)By person wrote:

    The pain that draws in, is taken away....and the payback ( suffering )that holds to many trapped. This one will stay close to my heart. Scholar

  • A former member wrote: Im glad someone Faved this. Well done. Amazing what drugs drugs can do. Scholar

  • A former member wrote: Through your personification, you were truely able to pinpoint the relationship so many build towards heroin. You got it exactly, however eerie and truthful it is. I loved this; however, I feel it started out so strong and lost some of its vigor halfway t Scholar

  • A former member wrote: through. ....-samone Scholar

  • shadowsinthelight On Sunday, December 3, 2006, shadowsinthelight (156)By person wrote:

    Yes , I do have a tendency to be verbose, as you know. But it is kind of like a high, strong at first then fades away. This was the short version! ;) thanks for reading. S.

  • xserratedsoulx On Sunday, July 23, 2006, xserratedsoulx (215)By person wrote:

    i freaking love horses!

  • A former member wrote: haha! yes... how so, but there are no free pony rides at the fair today... "To an empty God You are now praying" .....

  • A former member wrote: This poem is great. I really enjoyed it.

  • Dr Benway On Thursday, January 27, 2005, Dr Benway (48)By person wrote:

    This is the first time Herion has spoken to me, I do very much recognise the voice though. Wonderful, thank you.

  • VenomPlease On Wednesday, December 22, 2004, VenomPlease (135)By person wrote:

    Holy shit. I think I am now sitting 10 feet away from my computer because you just blew me the fuck away! I agree with everyone below me. Amazingly powerful write

  • A former member wrote: I just read White Horse's piece, "I Prayed to God for Cocaine." This poem compliments that poem, & beautifully, I might add.

  • nell On Thursday, March 18, 2004, nell (287)By person wrote:

    the godly feeling it gives you like you are invincible, trully like a rock star frame of mind, you did well in capturing what it does, how it takes over, good write

  • Jaded Jezzabelle On Wednesday, January 14, 2004, Jaded Jezzabelle (332)By person wrote:

    Never did it but have seen first hand the way that shit takes all you've got inside leaving in its wake a hollow shell...good write

  • MercyRain On Wednesday, January 14, 2004, MercyRain (109)By person wrote:

    heh, at the very first stanza, thought this was going into a speedball rather than the music world... same feel, all the same, just not the screaming fans...

  • MercyRain On Wednesday, January 14, 2004, MercyRain (109)By person wrote:

    as one who has tasted the dragon or horse and been tasted back, it really is like this... and even if you can actually break the habit, like cigarettes, you never forget, it never stops calling

  • stormtalk On Wednesday, January 14, 2004, stormtalk (736)By person wrote:

    I've seen what heroin can do, and it's nasty stuff... but you write about it well. My one sweeping criticism for most of your writing is that the ABAB rhyme scheme holds you back.

  • A former member wrote: I very much liked the rhyme scheme and the content was well worth reading

  • A former member wrote: I seriously hate how so many great musicians fall into the hole that is drug abuse.... an elite piece

  • nell On Wednesday, June 25, 2003, nell (287)By person wrote:

    i thought i had commented on this one before but i guess not, the lines "You thought you had no innocence left to lose At first, you chose me, now it's me that chooses you" really bring the piece together, excellent piece.

  • manywalks On Saturday, March 22, 2003, manywalks (773)By person wrote:

    Just blown away! ~ mw

  • liquid_emotion On Thursday, February 27, 2003, liquid_emotion (356)By person wrote:

    this was alright

  • Jonas On Thursday, February 27, 2003, Jonas (768)By person wrote:

    mother fuck! you are good! seriously... i don't like reading poetry that much... but damn! you devices are all sublime and perfect. amazing.

  • Six-Out On Wednesday, February 26, 2003, Six-Out (1479)By person wrote:

    Nice. I remember this one. One of the first I read of you. And just as the first time I read it, it was great. Keep writing Steve. Later.

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