Addictions

I binge a lot.
Some weeks chocolate,
Sweet to fermenting.
Those weeks are good,
Except for the pimples
And a kilo or two
That inevitably hang on
And so, to forget,
I move onto whiskey –

Single malt weeks
Always start well
Before sinking down
To dark ports
Where I forget to forget

Until exercise weeks
Throw out a lifeline
And reel me to shore –
There’s a lot to be said
For green tea and carrots
And water; lots of water

Then, without warning, I wake up
One morning before my alarm clock
With nearly-clear eyes
That get me to thinking
Maybe I’ll call,
Tell you I’m well –

And it’s almost the truth
Until someone answers
With casual nonplus.
In the background your drawl,
From behind a cigarette,
Sounds of twisted sheets
And other things hard to forget.

Ryan Stone

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14 thoughts on “Addictions

  1. Reading your comments is nearly as entertaining as reading your stuff. This one jabbed me at the end – so sneaky – making me believe that carrots and water and green tea were going to save the day, eh! So sneaky. You got me good vecino!

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