Gil Scott Heron


The Bottle - Poem by Gil Scott Heron

See that black boy over there, runnin' scared
his ol' man's in a bottle.
He done quit his 9 to 5 to drink full time
so now he's livin' in the bottle.
See that Black boy over there, runnin' scared
his ol' man got a problem
Pawned off damn near everything, his ol'
woman's weddin' ring for a bottle.
And don't you think it's a crime
when time after time, people in the bottle.

See that sista, sho wuz fine before she
started drinkin' wine
from the bottle.
Said her ol' man committed a crime
and he's doin' time,
so now she's in the bottle.
She's out there on the avenue, all by herself
sho' needs help from the bottle.
Preacherman tried to help her out,
she cussed him out and hit him in the head with a bottle.
And don't you think it's a crime
when time after time, people in the bottle.


See that gent in the wrinkled suit
he done damn near blown his cool
to the bottle
He wuz a doctor helpin' young girls along
if they wuzn't too far gone to have problems.
But defenders of the dollar eagle
Said 'What you doin', Doc, it ain't legal,'
and now he's in the bottle.
Now we watch him everyday tryin' to
chase the pigeons away
from the bottle.
And don't you think it's a crime
when time after time, people in the bottle.


Comments about The Bottle by Gil Scott Heron

  • (11/8/2016 10:47:00 PM)


    When time after time, people in the bottle
    Nice write. Congrats on the modern POD.
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (11/8/2016 10:04:00 AM)


    This is really a nice poem bringing to the surface the social problem of drinking and family getting ruined. The word play is just wonderful with ' when time after time, people in the bottle giving so nice effect. Deserved poem of the day. Simply beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Electric Lady (11/8/2016 8:24:00 AM)


    What a powerful poem. The bottle is a very dangerous thing, and it is very addicting. Alcohol kills people every day. It's sad but true. For those who fade into the mist of addiction end up hurting themselves and the people they love. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (11/8/2016 5:41:00 AM)


    Fantastic the bottle poem rings with rapid score to engulf the whole within. Excellent expression without any intellectual exercise by words. It hits straight to the brain. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/8/2016 1:03:00 AM)

    Crime!
    With the muse of the bottle! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (11/8/2016 12:49:00 AM)

    The Bottle
    This fine poem describes alcoholism as it affects different classes.
    Robert
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/8/2016 12:26:00 AM)


    Time in a bottle is better than the wine in a bottle....
    Congrats for being chosen for the day....
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  • Dutendra Chamling (3/18/2016 2:14:00 AM)


    Gil Scott Heron! Wonderful poem, indeed. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 12, 2016



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