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Heroin (The White Horse)

Behold my friend, I am Heroin
Known by all as the destroyer of men ...
From where I came, no one knows
A far away place where the poppies grow ...

I came to this country without getting caught
And since that day I have been hunted and sought ...
Whole nations have gathered to plot my destruction
They call me the breeder of crime and corruption ...

I am more potent than whisky, more deadly than wine
Yes, I am the scourge of all mankind ...
My little white grains are nothing but waste,
I am soft and fluffy and bitter to taste ...

I am white, I am brown, but deadly to use,
For once your addicted, I really abuse ...
I am known in Thailand, Iraq and Iran
I am welcome in Turkey and have been to Japan ...

In cellophane bags I make my way,
To men in offices and children at play ...
From heads of state to the lowest bum
From the richest estate to the lowest of scum ...

I take a rich man and make him poor,
I take a maiden and make her a whore ...
Make a beautiful women forget her looks,
And make a student forget his books ...

I can make you steal, lie borrow and beg,
Then search for a vein in your arm or your leg ...
I am known to be selfish and can fill you with greed
Still faceless, regardless of religion or creed ...

My gift is illusion, my blessing is fake
Death and destruction follow my wake ...
I am the kiss of death to all whom I touch
I start as a gift and remain as a crutch ...

My friends are many, but I am loyal to none
I come to destroy, my work will be done ...
Some think of me merely a toy,
But wise men know I aim to destroy ...

Run from me if you wish, I will never give chase
For sooner or later you will return for a taste ...
Once in your bloodstream, you'll think me not mean
You will praise me as master, then nod in a dream ...

You have heard my warning but will take no heed,
Put your foot in the stirrup, mount this great steed ...
Get right in the saddle and hold on real well,
For the "White Horse" Heroin will take you to Hell ...

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Poem found amongst the possessions of a heroin addict.