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I Think I'll Have Another

Bob Schoenbeck died
thirty years
after he took his last drink.

I never really considered alcoholism
until I realized
I couldn't get through my day
without a bottle,
at least not the stressful ones.

And I guess it doesn't matter
what we say to our therapists and friends.
The only important thing
is our perception, right?

And so I guess I'll have another.
Whatever.
I guess this
is where the long train ends.

Growing up here,
there were two sets of tracks,
that got whittled down to one
by the time we moved back.

When I was 17 or so
I crossed the tressle
on the west end of town
with Scott and Aaron,
and wondered what would happen
if a locomotive came by.

And now I wonder about hobos,
if they even exist any more.
I wonder if Kerouac or Cassidy
felt the same urges.

Man, I want to cry.
Damn, I want to cry
on that bridge over the Charles River in Cambridge,
the most romantic bridge I ever knew.
But I'll be damned if it'll let me.

I can't get drunk
and I can't swear,
and I can't give up
or even be the slightest bit weak.
Gotta maintain the facade.
For whom I do not know.

So I'll have another,
and melodramatically tell you
how this bottle is my last friend,
since I've managed to alienate every one else.
Since I've managed it,
finally.

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Comments

the stanza that begins "I can't get drunk," fits as it is. You might say that you are not supposed to get drunk, swear or give up and I think that would clarify the situation. Also the word [trestle]. Don't get me wrong, I like the poem, I just feel that it could use that clarification. I was a member of a congregation many years ago, that made me feel the same way and I wholly sympathize with what you have written. Good title, and all the rest, hope you keep writing this good!
~ Geezer.
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