Children of Addiction

Children of addiction
Learn at a young age,
To be quiet, disappear,
And not get in the way.
Addiction fuels our pain
And teaches us shame.
We want to break the chain and be forever free.
Daily survival is the key.
We don't want to be bound,
Or constantly looking around.
When love is absent for so long,
We just settle for yearning
to belong,
Not to worry.
Not to feel different.
Not to be hungry:
Hungry for love, hungry for stability.
Wanting to make our dreams a possibility.
Addiction won't leave us when we grow up.
But we become pioneers:
Strong-willed, thick-skinned.
People-readers, compassion-givers.
For this struggle we have conquered
We will not forget.

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