Written by George Gad Economou
always inconspicuous nights, talking about Auden,
sometimes Dylan, Buk, Faulkner, Hem… the
great drinkers—and brilliant writers—instead of those
that wrote soberly and produced false masterpieces that spoke
nothing but falsities.
they never saw it coming; when the first bottle
was drained and the second cracked in manners of seconds,
they were always surprised; “how much will you drink?” is the
collective question of the army of whispering ghosts,
and whenever I reach the first dry bottom,
I hear the chorus in my head—I shrug it off and go for
what I hope will be the bottom containing all the
sometimes, we’d share a joint—some were even down
for some good blow—yet, when the glass-pipe
was procured out of its hiding place in the closet,
they’d all go nuts: “what’s this?” they’d ask,
and sometimes I hear the synchronous question in my sober nightmares.
no response, what to say after all. I just fired it up,
dragged long—all too eager to chase down blue dragons through
it always ended badly; sometimes, I’d drunkenly fuck their friend.
other times, I’d punch someone. on occasion, it was because
some friends of mine—pushers, junkies, strippers—would come by
unannounced, seeking for a fix and a chat.
hardly any of the women I’ve known enjoyed the company I kept;
it was all right. now, I’ve lost all my contacts, stranded in
an isolated beach violently hit by the roaring ocean,
no one comes knocking at 3am seeking for the comfort
of the spike or of my embrace (or both, in the case of Gina).
permanent midnight; though sober for a while—and loathing it—
I’m still in it, unwilling to escape the mist that’s kept me sane
for so fucking long I can’t even remember ever living outside of it.
the clouds above my head darken,
the brewing storm rumbles,
I smile and crack a bottle of cheap wine.
Text © George Gad Economou
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