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I DRINK TO THEE EDGAR ALLAN POE

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DUSTY CRUSTIES

 

I drink to thee, Edgar Allan Poe

I drink to thee, F Scott Fitzgerald

I pour another drink

& keep this grand delusion alive.

It’s a little more than I can stand.

 

The words blur across the page

forming some unique, hectic rhythm

I sustain myself in this grandeur

with the bottle half full-half empty.

 

Not knowing the consequences

Misled by false advertisements

& watching opportunities slip by.

Recklessly pursuing the dream

crowded within this toxic aura

 

The flavor is bitter & wretched

but the words do flow out

and the pages are endlessly filled

and vision struggles to be realized

 

and hence the funk continues

as I drink to thee, Dylan Thomas

and I drink to thee, Brendan Behan.

Eternally this vice seems to heed

the inspiration for such verse.

 

Author's Notes/Comments: 

previously published in a chapbook called "Just When You Thought it Was Safe to Do Poetry Again.