Friend or Foe? – Poem

Author’s Note:

I wrote this poem specifically to work out the obsession with alcohol of Tom Jacobs, the protagonist in my debut novel, Getting Home.

Friend or Foe?

It winks at me with single eye

And offers peace before it’s dry

It beckons me, “Take just one sip”

Then noise of mind will slowly slip

It swears to smiles and joy of heart

All in minutes of when I start

The price to pay is fairly small

Some little change for quite a fall

And maybe head or stomach aches

But what is this when peace it makes?

And though I swear this time the last

I take that drink to drown the past

It laughs at me, knows I am weak

My chance to win looks less than bleak

For this old friend, this wicked vice

Knows it holds me in frozen ice

My only friend, my only peace

This liquid holds but gives release

So I stay bound, each time I cave

A helpless ship tossed by the wave

No other way for me to cope

This drink to death my only hope

– June 5, 2005


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