November 9, 2008
By Murphy McGary, Phoenix, AZ

You tell yourself, just one more.
Just one more sip to ease the pain.
One more sip to make it go away.

You’re addicted to the soothing burn.
With the tingling vibration.

You’re obsessed with the hope of the tables turned.
Accompanied by the false sensation.

You slump on the stool.
Eyes bloodshot red.

Yet, you tell the bartender,
Make it a double shot instead.

Reminiscing on the good times,
Reminiscing on the bad,
wishing you could have everything you once had.

You keep on using that Bacardi as your shovel,
Just digging your hole deeper.
Honey, good luck getting back to a time so much sweeter.

Back to the norm.
Back to the good ole days.
Back to the days you wished you’d never changed.

You remember the smiling faces,
Of the loved ones you’d do anything for.

You remember the way your husband held you close,
The one you adored.

Look at them now, sweetie.
Look at what you’ve done.

They gather over your bed,
With faucets streaming down their faces.
They kiss you one last time,
Wishing one more story.
One more day.
One more wish to make it go away.

You hold their hands as you pass.
Telling them to stay strong.
To forget about all the ways that you went wrong.

If only you didn’t take that first sip.
If only you found a better way.
Maybe, just maybe, you wouldn’t have died in such a wicked way.

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This article has 11 comments.

sike08 said...
on Jan. 6 2009 at 6:16 pm
Very intense imagery and vivid emotions. We all know how damaging and horrible alcohol addictions are. Beautiful poem Murph!

shelbydee said...
on Jan. 6 2009 at 3:41 pm
I loved this! I personally have never had an experience like this, but it still is full of emotion even to me. Great job.

BigJohn90 said...
on Jan. 3 2009 at 10:31 pm
I loved it. I could see everything that you were explaining. It brought chills to me as i can relate to it. Way to go Murphy :)

on Nov. 15 2008 at 5:37 pm
This poem surfaces emotions. I think many of us can relate. When I finished, I was crying. I want to see more of your work. You connect with readers.

Lakisha S. said...
on Nov. 14 2008 at 4:44 pm
You did an amazing job with being descriptive. I can imagiine the whole scene. When I read something like this it makes me proud that just like me other teenagers are thinking out loud.

kjacks said...
on Nov. 14 2008 at 3:16 pm
Good job expressing yourself, Murph. Keep it up!

Sunshine said...
on Nov. 13 2008 at 6:05 pm
Wow! I am glad I read this, because it is nice! kind of sad tone, but it's good writing.

emuhlee said...
on Nov. 13 2008 at 4:50 am
Absolutley love it. I myself have had problems with people I love and them abusing alcohal. Good job =]

on Nov. 13 2008 at 2:11 am
This is a very powerful and honest poem. Good job setting the scene in the bar and conveying a woman deep inside her regrets.

AMVAR29 said...
on Nov. 13 2008 at 12:48 am
nice job

on Nov. 13 2008 at 12:10 am
that is incredible. so very evocative. writing is a skill overlooked in todays society, keep at it. talent like this is very rare, don't let it go to waste.


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