Albert Ahearn


Alcoholism


An opened fifth of hangovers
rests beside his dried driveled arm
(drug used by underachievers.)
Out cold, head resting on forearm
Unconscious in a dreamless world,
a portal often frequented:
an alcoholics netherworld
and mind most disoriented.
A parched throat forces arousal
And miasmic exhalations
rekindle once more pitiful
repeated, inebriation.
A morning swig begins his day
and ends the same as yesterday.

Submitted: Monday, April 21, 2014

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  • Kevin Patrick (6/17/2014 5:40:00 PM)

    That closing is brutal dose of realities of addiction, its a never ending spiral of bottoms for those who seem to have sinking to depths. I've had friends and family destroyed by their substance abuse issues, so I understand this, in fact this makes me think of an old friend whose vivacity for life has been stolen by abuse. This is indeed great work, though painful to read. (Report) Reply

    Albert Ahearn (7/7/2014 4:11:00 AM)

    Prohibition had demonstrated just how prodigious Alcoholism was, it's even worse today.

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