Junkie

Nick Masesso, Jr.

I’ve seen the needle and the damage done; a little bit of it in everyone; and every junkie’s like a setting sun” – Needle and the Damage Done – Neil Young

As Spring’s light struggled for breath a few nights ago word shot across the wire with the speed of a late night subway train; dope had taken another great man. Watching fine art go down the drain I was reminded that for the most sensitive among us sometimes the noise can just be too much and maybe that’s how Prince was feeling, when ensconced alone in his penthouse grave, life lost its fun and there was nothing to be done but pop his last death lozenge and play a last request. Maybe he didn’t notice the Grim Reaper’s death-stank cloud or the overdose hovering in the air.

Maybe it was the ceaseless soundtrack of the city, the song…

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About circusinpurgatory
Nick Masesso Jr’s fictionalized short stories, poetry and prose have been published in the Starry Night Review, Elegant Thorn Review, Language and Culture.net and Vagabond Press; the Battered Suitcase. His latest book “Armor of Innocence” and first book “Walking the Midway in Purgatory, a Journal” are available on-line and through bookstores.

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