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A Drink to Read a Poem

By Davy Carren

A drink to pick you up. A drink to settle you down. A drink to make you fall in love. 

A drink to make you not wish you never had. 

A drink to celebrate. A drink to wallow in your sorry state.

 A drink to lift. A drink to drown. A drink to make the nights okay. A drink to make the days just go away. 

A drink to bring back the glow of youth. A drink to put color in your cheeks. A drink to drain you pale. 

A drink to chase away the dogs of war. A drink to have just one more. A drink to compliment a cigarette. A drink to douse all regret. A drink raised only for the treacly sentiment.

 A drink just for show. A drink to make you miss someone you hardly know. A drink to douse the pain. A drink to change your name. 

A drink to catch tigers in red weather. A drink to share forever. A drink to say the hell with being aware. A drink to stop the clock. A drink in your own personal belle époque. 

A drink to be alone with. A drink to keep company’s morass. A drink to kick perspective in the ass. A drink to muscle through. A drink to be untrue. 

A drink to corrupt. A drink to double up. A drink in haste to postpone an emergency. A drink for everybody’s anniversary. A drink to put you in a cab back home. A drink that’ll pawn all you own. A drink to fall asleep to. A drink to open up your eyes. A drink to crown every drunk in town.

 A drink to kill the past. A drink to make the evening last. A drink to vomit on the host. A drink to toast. A drink as bread. A drink to paint the town a bit more red. 

A drink on the house. A drink for you. A drink for me. A drink in the worst of company. 

A drink’s last prayer. A drink’s loosed stumble. A drink’s power to be less than humble. A drink that spills. A drink that’s downed. 

A drink swilled to tidy ragged thoughts. A drink that borrows from a drink that’s lost. A drink that promises all is well. A drink to never tell. 

A drink to keep sane. A drink for fortune’s churlish gain. A drink to pretend. A drink to make believe you’re on the mend. A drink to wash away all the bogus sin. A drink to right all the wrong you’ve ever been. 

A drink in a dodgy alley with a has-been and a never-will. A drink hid behind a curtain on a grimy windowsill. A drink to not be seen. A drink to be regarded. A drink to fill a scene. 

A drink to shoot. 

A drink to sing. A drink to know the comfort of another drink ahead. A drink to life. A drink to marry. A drink to be something better off than dead.