The Morning After

If wine is bottled poetry
what is the cure for intoxication
when, having drunk too deep
I dance to the reeling word
keeping time to music
only I hear,

when the bottle sits, empty and spun
after a  game spinning  it
and I can’t remember
who I kissed

the reality hangover
is the worst–
the morning after cure
a series of haiku, pearls
swallowed like pills
until my eyes will open


About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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35 Responses to The Morning After

  1. unfetteredbs says:

    OH Susan. I love this. So very true and creatively spun. the drunken revelry and the crashing hangover..sigh

  2. davidtrudel says:

    Please don’t go into a poetic abuse program, we like it when you’re word drunk!

  3. annotating60 says:

    Loved the pearls.>KB

  4. Best way to avoid a hangover? Keep drinking. Or writing. Or reading for that matter

  5. rheath40 says:

    I felt this way after my Friday Fictioneers post yesterday. Spent emotionally and physically. All I wanted to do was curl into a ball and cry. Which I did. Today is a brighter day and a smile lights up my heart. Thank you for your words.

  6. You must be an old soul – I haven’t heard mention of “spin the bottle” for more than 50 years

  7. yeoldefoole says:

    ha! what’s that wonderful expression Natalie Goldberg has? “feeling used by the Muse?”

  8. BroadBlogs says:

    Maybe getting drunk on poetry is a good thing?

  9. jeglatter says:

    Oh dear…I am pretty sure I would trade my poetry writing today for a game of drunk spin the bottle.:) Have a good weekend Susan!:)

  10. Poetkatie says:

    What wonderful words

  11. As the old saying goes, hair of the dog that bit you…

  12. potterfan97 says:

    This poem is pure perfection. Wow.

  13. nelle says:

    An addiction, and a lovely one.

  14. Makin’ out with the muse… 😀

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