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Christ,
there is a reason poets drink.
Abstention feels bad -
infertile and stuffed, swollen.
It does not sell books
or win those brass
angels on ribbons.
Tonight my lover is bourbon,
distilled in some soul
south of Carolina.
It plays tricks with colors
and the sounds on my tongue.
It grows words where
none have loitered for weeks
and handfasts me to
the rest of the world.
It is ransom -
a jest of seasons
and my bone idle brain

awakes.
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
I wonder if this is the Bukowski Creed. :D btw: Straight Kentucky Bourbon is the best bourbon. Currently I drink Ancient Age. I wonder if that's why I'm old. :)
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OHiNeedTea Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013   Writer
This is an interesting piece. I'm a prose writer, but I know this feeling!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I am very glad you like it.
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Rouge-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Writer
Quite an interesting poem, I'm trying to be a writer myself but I don't drink...after reading this I may have to reconsider
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I am very glad you like it.
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Rouge-Fox Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Writer
Anytime
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vikingjon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Been there... :)
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lcipher42 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Damn good piece of work. And having been on on mind-altering substance or another for about the past 23 years, I've done a lot of writing drinking. It lets the tongue loose, but it brings out the darkness in me quick. Generally I wind up with a stack of poems waiting on me when I get home from jail...
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BeyondJen Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hell yes. Let's pray to the bourbon gods and place the poetry they give us on their altars! I love this. :love:

I'm especially taken with this:
It grows words where
none have loitered for weeks
and handfasts me to
the rest of the world.


:heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Writer
An offering worthy of the gods. Many thanks!
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