Treasure Island

Mark R Slaughter


A Drink


With glass, I am a man – or so I think! –
A role to play when blessed with courtly drink:
A gin or two, then vintage port or wine
To pep me up and gift me with a shine.

I know it’s false, as I now must depend
Upon my daily shots with open end.
Insidious, it all becomes routine
To beg a drink each day for self-esteem.



Copyright © Mark R Slaughter 2009
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Life life life life life life is drink
Life life life life life life the brink
Life life life life life life is drink
Life life life life life life the brink
Life life life life life life is drink
Life life life life life life the brink
Life life life life is on the brink

Submitted: Thursday, March 05, 2009
Edited: Sunday, July 03, 2011

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  • Patricia Grantham (5/22/2013 11:12:00 PM)

    Brings to mind an old saying that goes eat, drink and be merry.
    Now it is eat, drink and be careful! Enjoyed this one even
    though i don't drink. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (5/22/2013 11:11:00 PM)

    Brings to mind an old saying that goes eat, drink and be merry.
    Now it is eat, drink and be careful! Enjoyed this one even
    though i don't drink. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Di''anno (3/19/2013 4:11:00 AM)

    So true. I have been a drinker in my time and I know how much I became dependant on it. Thankfully those days are long gone. A good write. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Kesav Easwaran (4/25/2009 4:44:00 AM)

    a drink or two...and your increasing self esteem...well, a good piece, Mark...frank in tone transparent in talk open ended...i liked...10 (Report) Reply

  • Lynda Robson (4/4/2009 4:10:00 PM)

    An interesting poem, why we drink, I enjoy a couple of glasses of wine to help me wind down, but my downfall is not knowing when I've had enough lol
    10 for this
    Lynda xx (Report) Reply

  • Marie Shine (3/18/2009 11:56:00 AM)

    I love this poem Mark.It is VERY well written and very much to the point.Many will be able to identify with it.There's truth in every line and also a warning to those who might dare to sip too often.A well deserved 10 from me. (Report) Reply

  • Ivor Hogg (3/15/2009 5:36:00 PM)

    of you know your capacity all is well Yoy have certainly measured your words correctly (Report) Reply

  • Ivor Hogg (3/15/2009 5:36:00 PM)

    of you know your capacity all is well Yoy have certainly measured your words correctly (Report) Reply

  • C. P. Sharma (3/8/2009 7:46:00 AM)

    But a drink from the divine cup makes immortal. If anyone has to drink, let him sip divinity. Mark, you really slaughter, you slaughter the delusions.
    CP (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Stirk (3/6/2009 8:30:00 AM)

    First class moral Mark. 'Dutch courage'. We all need a drink. The old adage 'looking at the world through rose coloured spectacles'. My slant on life is 'Looking at the world through the bottom of a guinness stained pint glass'. Doesn't have the same ring to it somehow.
    Loved the poem
    Steve (Report) Reply

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