Ethanol Thief of Youth

poem by: Carl Halling
Written on Nov 30, 2016

Auto-annihilation is stupid,
It breaks hearts, and ruins lives,
I rue the day I became entranced
By its shadowy charisma;
And allowed ethyl alcohol
To come close to killing me.
Poor Jo-Jo was right
To warn her cherished daughter
Of its insidious malignancy.

I was one of the fortunate ones
In that it didn’t entirely destroy me,
But despite its lack of glamour,
In comparison to
Other more romanticized intoxicants,
It’s among the most 
Lethiferous of drugs,
And it stole from me
What remained of my gorgeous youth.


Tags: sad, anger, deep, pain, imagery,

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Christopher Russon commented:
Well written poem.and and a warning of temptation of alcohol
Carl Halling commented:
Thank you so much, Christopher, and yes it is, I was tempted myself, and got badly caught up in it; but I managed to escape; others have not been so lucky.


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