William Butler Yeats

(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

A Drunken Man's Praise Of Sobriety


COME swish around, my pretty punk,
And keep me dancing still
That I may stay a sober man
Although I drink my fill.

Sobriety is a jewel
That I do much adore;
And therefore keep me dancing
Though drunkards lie and snore.
O mind your feet, O mind your feet,
Keep dancing like a wave,
And under every dancer
A dead man in his grave.
No ups and downs, my pretty,
A mermaid, not a punk;
A drunkard is a dead man,
And all dead men are drunk.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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    This is one to memorize and recite when one is drunk! IF that is possible! (Report) Reply

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