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The Poet in His Casket

The Poet in His Casket Well, look at you lying there! In your brown suit and gold tie. How I want to hug you now! You can't be dead, you're only forty years old! We lived together till you took a new wife! Her name was alcohol and that ended our happy days and our life. She was the apple of your eye, she took all the money and happiness we had! She destroyed your morals and see, your once great body,too. And as for your writing skills? Out the window they flew. The world is filled with once innocent, unaware people like you, Thinking what's wrong with a drink or two.  What's wrong is the simpletonian thinking Is the ignoramus belief  " There's nothing wrong with a drink!" I tried to control you, how sad in retrospect. I know far better now!  You never heard of the twelve steps neither did I! You are buried in Marin County now. I try to tell this brief story here. If any poet here or has a family member with a problem... It can end. Not in a grave, no. I realize he had a disease, full tilt. Heavy drinkers can quit easily! Alcoholics cannot, they have a disease and need help. Three weeks in rehab for true alcoholics simply won't cut it. This is a mental and physical disease, quite a whopper! We feel soory for the diabetic or cancer patient, don't we? But just Tsk,Tsk, when we see a man or woman walking drunkardly. It maybe someone just high for one night. But for many it's more than than that. When alcohol is the love of your life. Know that No person sets out with the goal to be an alcoholic. If you love them, keep loving them! Get to an Alanon meeting if family Or friend. You must understand the disease if you truly love them. Best wishes, good luck and indeed, that poet in the casket was my husband, indeed. The last time I saw him, he recited a poem dedicated to me. And now that poet....is history. Forever lost to me, living in eternity. Panagiota Romois 5/22/2019 7:15 pm

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Date: 6/7/2019 2:17:00 PM
Wow! That one sure touched my soul! On July 20, 2017, I lost my only son (49) to alcoholism. He was also diagnosed with bipolar and schizo-effective disorder. He tried to self medicate with the booze. I begged him to get help, go to the hospital, and he wanted to. He died of a massive coronary. His three sisters and I miss him so much. He was a good guy when he wasn't drinking. But it took over his life. We need more poems like yours Panagiota. Sorry about your husband. Hugs and love. Susan
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Date: 6/7/2019 3:04:00 PM
Oh, am really sorry to hear about your son. The brain gets so messed up, I was glad in a sense, my husband dieD before anything of a mental nature My husband was never obnoxious, just out of control.Silly!.People think hangovers are fun or boozing is fun. It's such a lie. Rx are given out like candy now. Fentanyl Morphine, OxyContin.many get hooked and die Sorry for the huge loss to your family, especially losing a son. Love, Panagiota
Date: 5/23/2019 7:12:00 PM
Nice entrée to a wide-ranging discussion of alcoholism. Burp. (Just kidding!) ~ Gershon
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Date: 5/23/2019 8:55:00 PM
Burp back. Interesting, nobody commented on the fact I lost a husband, but he would have said burp, too. He was anything but morose. Now he is beyond comatose. He is toast. Miss Speller
Date: 5/23/2019 7:19:00 AM
This is so insightful and educational..your poem highlights a problem many can relate to..you wrote this well, Panagiota.
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Date: 5/23/2019 10:26:00 AM
Vitay. I had second and third thoughts about writing this. I don't expect comments to this. Caren and you did. Congratulations. This problem will kill many. It's rarely talked about For still many taboo reasons. Many famous people are recovered alcoholics. In a poem this was not easy. Honesty is necessary to overcome this. Drugs and alcohol kill many. Bless you. Panagiota
Date: 5/22/2019 11:53:00 PM
So sad. What a waste of talent too. "When alcohol is the love of your life. Know that No person sets out with the goal to be an alcoholic. If you love them, keep loving them!" Good luck making an alcoholic go to a meeting. But you CAN KEEP LOVING THEM. Well done!
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Date: 5/23/2019 10:16:00 AM
The family and friends do not get THEYhave a problem. Try and get a sober person to do a thing! They still think they are perfection and the alcoholic is the problem. They are not pets.and do not even think they have a problem. People can pray for them. It takes more than a meeting. It's years of a willingness to stay alive. Nobody gets that in one meeting. Panagiota they are hard to love.