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Ducking the Parade of Battlefields

Today, like yesterday.
She undertakes disgust
as if I am a poisonous
entity without value,
so home is a battlefield,
and I have no space.
A bar would be nice
but alcohol is a lost
privilege. A baby.
What does a baby do
without a home?
A toddler walking
like an old man,
needing a cane,
a broken dog beaten
beyond recovery,
death the only
open stream.

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  1. #1 by Carl D'Agostino on July 29, 2012 - 9:06 pm

    but alcohol is a lost
    privilege

    After we become sick and tired of being sick and tired we see it was no privilege or reward or solace.

    • #2 by Carl on July 31, 2012 - 11:10 pm

      Clearly, your assessment is spot on. I needed a better word! Thanks for your comment.

  2. #3 by Kay Camden on July 29, 2012 - 11:09 pm

    Alcohol is a good idea until you have a few drinks and become a puddle on the couch, too uncaring to get up and go to bed. I rarely drink and when I do, I always regret it.

    It rained here today. Did you get the rain? I know you’re not too far from me. We walked in it. It was magic. Screw alcohol.

    • #4 by Carl on July 31, 2012 - 11:11 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I walked on Monday, and the rain was gone, but the walk was a relief.

  3. #5 by Evelyn on July 30, 2012 - 10:23 am

    “She undertakes disgust
    as if I am a poisonous
    entity without value,
    so home is a battlefield,
    and I have no space.”
    This makes me upset.
    everyone deserves space…

    • #6 by Carl on July 31, 2012 - 11:12 pm

      Remember, the speaker may be way off target with the perception! Thanks for your comment.

      • #7 by Evelyn on August 1, 2012 - 10:02 am

        perception is all we have.
        cant escape it.

  4. #8 by Jamie Dedes on August 1, 2012 - 8:03 pm

    Unfortunately the way a lot of folks feel. Well captured. Nice work.

    • #9 by Carl on August 6, 2012 - 11:31 pm

      Thank you, Jamie. Thank you for commenting.

  5. #10 by clinock on August 2, 2012 - 5:28 am

    Sad words but refreshingly honest – the situation you speak of is all too common – been there, don’t wish to go back…

    • #11 by Carl on August 6, 2012 - 11:32 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I think the speaker has good days and bad days, and that may shape the world he’s in.

  6. #12 by Edward Coleman on August 7, 2012 - 8:14 pm

    Sometimes I think you and I are cut from the same cloth. Well written, my friend.

    • #13 by Carl on August 9, 2012 - 12:14 am

      I appreciate your comment. Sometimes, to have someone identify is the richest reward.

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