So You Want to Quit Drinking

An amazing piece by an amazing writer and a good friend. A must-read, drinking problem or not.

Running on Sober

(the following poem contains profanity and raw imagery. it is not intended for young, nor sensitive, eyes. it is inspired by several bukowski pieces, each linked to in the footer. while bukowski, to my knowledge, never sobered up, there are few who understood alcohol’s powers as well as he did. I’d like to think he had both bluebird and kraken in his heart, and would not hesitate to let you borrow either, or both, though he’d probably ask you for a six-pack in payment. hey, we all have our demons, baby. if you need help, get some help. don’t let them win. you’re worth saving.)


so you want to quit drinking

after bukowski

so you want to quit drinking
give up the bottle
clean up
dry up
grow up

so you’re finally ready
to quit waking up
in strange places
with spit
on your face
in your…

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4 responses to “So You Want to Quit Drinking

  1. Amazing. Part of this was like looking in a mirror.

  2. Mom

    I LOVE this piece. LOVE it! Thank you so much for sharing his lucid, beautifully real words. I am not addicted/ dependent, but know and love so many who are, and these words cut to the heart of the tiny moments. Brilliant

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