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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.
This is for the:iconglory-be-project: While you do not have to post every day, you have to at least write something, even if it is a couple of lines. I have found that doing this has been great for my muse. Please consider participating!
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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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DailyBreadCafe 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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BeyondJen Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A pleasure! :)
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exquisiteoath Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
I think this is just about perfect.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I am glad you like it.
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exquisiteoath Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Most welcome. I've been away from your words too long. I look forward to enjoying more of them.
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Shades-Of-Lethe Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This explains a lot! : ) It is amazing!! Love it! :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Writer
*Chuckles* Some drink...some do not. Thanks.
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TheDarkenedBride Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this poem :clap: although I don't drink :nana:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it!
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avfc4me Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Why'd you turn off comments on 'advice column'? Tired of the peanut gallery telling you how to think? Well, I LOVE it; I was just thinking this morning, "If your life is such that anything that Dr. Phil says is going to make it better...you're doing LIFE wrong, and in the end, NOTHING that Dr. Phil will say is going to save you from anything but mediocrity".

So there.

And. I'll drink to that.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Exactly! I wish people would realize that not everything a poet writes is a personal confession or reflection of his life! So I am working on a poem about it.

Thanks for your friendship, support and sanity!
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RedemptiaRebourne Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
As a poet myself, I have felt the same way. Wonderful descriptions. Deep. Powerful.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it!
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RedemptiaRebourne Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
No thanks needed. :D
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rrAmadea Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Writer
Inspiring. I'm very inspired. And quite motivated to drink.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I am glad you like it.
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YogaTeacher Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It grows words where none have loitered for weeks

I like the impression of loitering words; you thought about this well.

and handfasts me to the rest of the world.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it!
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Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have been featured in my journal! [link] :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Writer
Many thanks, beautiful!
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Mortuelle Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
i liked how you link this subject to Christ, i hope that was intentional. after all he was the Poet.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Writer
No, it was not..it was used more as an expletive.
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb work my dearest Brendan!:hug:

Why poets drink?,well it's like the green fairy of absinthe,it inspires the poet because it allows him/her to get rid of all his/her problems and inhibitions.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks! I appreciate the support!
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PaperDreamerArt Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Well done!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it!
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Maddy356 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Writer
Very nice, and I really enjoyed the diction and syntax!!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks. I am glad you liked it.
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MattVoscinar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Writer
Simply amazing.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks. And thanks for your supprt.
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SilverWynd Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love this. It is amazing.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate it!
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SilverWynd Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome
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senza-amore Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
beautiful and true!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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YoshiDaime Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I will participate if you do! Great Muse! good piece!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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BellaGBear Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the flow of the poem is amazing and the words good chosen.

where you drinking when you wrote this?
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks - I appreciate it very much!
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BronyBeforePony Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lack of words is the inability to express oneself. Will a loose tongue painted with smoky bourbon then slick for ideas and blurred by its enchanting haze be as honest as another inspiration? Does the writer soul search through open windows or the under the warm shadow of stained glass and a tumbling shot resting comfortably in the hand?

I am no poet as I am not graceful with form and verse, but as writer I would prefer a different magic, a movement of heart and soul.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Writer
My poem is "inspired" by Dylan Thomas, Welsh Poet Laureate, who drank himself to death. I do not drink to write - the poem has nothing to do with my life. Yes, plenty of poets do not drink. Plenty of them do...along with smoking opium. Poets are inspired by a variety of things and people. I do not think alcohol actually inspires, but it does loosen people up.
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