January 27th, 2009

solace

APED: "alcoholic's villanelle"

Look at yourself. Get up off the floor.
You don't need to have another drink.
Think of all those who have gone before.

Don't say you can't do this any more.
"All is lost. The future's black as ink."
Look at yourself. Get up off the floor.

Now your hands are shaking. They'll shake more.
Vomit out your breakfast in the sink.
Think of all those who have gone before.

Now there's only degradation, or --
Take a moment now to stop and think.
Look at yourself. Get up off the floor.

Think what you've become, what you abhor.
You don't need to have another drink.
Think of all those who have gone before.

Take one step. Then take eleven more.
Bill did it, too. He went to the brink.
Look at yourself. Get up off the floor.
Think of all those who have gone before.