Addiction

Inspired by The Basketball Diaries – Jim Carroll

My junkie friend
from around the way
says “hey.”
He’s begging
for five dollars.

You might look
with disgust
and dismay,
for his
narcotic stains:
crusty lips,
“vagabond” drips
from his oozing sores.
Addiction
in its purest form.

Addicted –
like you:
lavishly spending
on insignificant dressing –
for fix or fashion…