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Adult Child of an Alcoholic

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Adult Child of an Alcoholic

Your face and rotting teeth and heavy jowls
         and sunken breasts with bulging waist and
         wooden legs
         betray
Your image of laughter, lovemaking, seeking
         bourbon tweaked philosophies
         of life begins
         at  forty.
The hands that tremble as you tilt
         the glass that begins another
         day of
Tirade thoughts, empty lies, money spent on
         lipstick coated leeches who prey on
         your diminishing
         breath.

Through these wintry days pass faces long past
         into what was then
              while with the coming spring ...
                       at last!  at last!
One can remember
         and want no more 
              what could never be:
                      a Mother.

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  1. Date: 3/14/2011 11:04:00 PM
    Wow, very powerful, hard-hitting ending. I can relate only it "could never be: a father."

  1. Date: 5/20/2009 11:59:00 AM
    Great write, abuse knows no boundries or financial status. Glad to hear you have grown past her and forgiven. TY for the comments on my poetry.

  1. Date: 4/8/2009 9:45:00 AM
    Amazing work...life...and God...have funny ways of working, and bringng good out of bad...I have a lot of acholics in my family, and it is such a shame...but with the bad that I recieve from that, God has granted me many good things in life...though sometimes they take a minute to see...good luck, keep writing...Love, Jessica <33

  1. Date: 10/22/2008 3:48:00 AM
    Thanks for the comment and i did read your poem,life is a funny thing,but sometimes in a strange way good things come out of all lifes experience,all the best alicia