The Psalm of the Addict
King Heroin is my shepherd, I shall always want.
He maketh me to lie down in the gutters.
He leadeth me beside the troubled waters.
He destroyeth my soul.
He leadeth me in the paths of wickedness for the effort’s sake.
Yea, I shall walk through the valley of poverty and will fear all evil for thou, Heroin, art with me.
Thy Needle and capsule try to comfort me.
Thou strippest the table of groceries in the presence of my family.
Thou robbest my head of reason.
My cup of sorrow runneth over.
Surely heroin addiction shall stalk me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the
House of the Damned forever.
From; Author unknown, “The Psalm of the Addict.”—US Congressional Record, July 31, 1971, vol. 117, p. 28511.