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  • Old scars at night burn hot and bright
    Deep in her heart in Texas
    She rides around with the ragtop down
    Driving her brand new Lexus

    The junk she mains
    Into her veins
    Stops the rhyme.
    Stops it cold.

    Freezing frigid Antarctic junk burn
    Crystallizing blood & bone & brain
    No rhyme exists in junk
    Time stands still
    Or flies past at light speed

    Difficult for a junky to make these fine distinctions.

    Fist clenching she loosens the tie
    Junk surges through her veins
    Millions of razor hot icy sharp blades
    Frozen sparks of opiate fire
    Rolling under over sideways down between
    The layers of her being

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
    See him through the looking glass
    Kissing Lucy in the sky
    Go ask Alice
    I think she’ll know

    There’s mariachi static on the radio
    She's safe in the car in the dark
    Gripping the wheel like a needle
    The way a killer holds a gun
    She's looking for her Lord as
    She cruises Hermann Park

    The needle brings salvation
    She is the damage done
    The archetypal soccer mom
    Strung out on drugstore smack
    Speeding down the freeway
    On her way to Hell
    And back.

    Photo: 'Opium Dream Odalisque' 1977 - Posed and shot by Beth Poole
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