dVerse — Poetics — Boozin’ Pondered

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Warm burn seeks out the belly.
If only the shot glass would levitate
away then, how much disintegration
–of relationships, places, and things–
would never be?

How much sleaze, fist would not wound?
How many ravaging truths unspoken?
How many blubbery tears uncried?
How many uncrushed motor vehicles?
Unbroken bones, unmaimed flesh?
How many less court costs and jail time?
How many war crimes unsummed?
How many fewer dates succumbed?

How many of us would not be?

Inhibitions intact, somber celebrations,
and all the rest in our brave new world,*
where everything must be good for us,
collectively; hive-like do-gooders,
cocooned in our un-honeyed combs.

Either extreme, as in all extremes, plays mean.
Why must a walk of moderation stagger us so?
We may never know.

* Brave New World is the title of a book written by Aldous Huxley and published in 1932.

top image, “Shot Glasses,” by Nance Danforth

Punam is today’s host for dVerse’ Poetics. Punam says:
Let’s mix poetry into a heady cocktail or mocktail, pour a glass of wine or a dram of whisky or sip it delicately from a china cup or from a sturdy mug, though we do it every time we meet, but let’s do it in so many words. Write about your favourite drink (alcoholic/non-alcoholic), write about getting drunk, use drinking as a metaphor, in short: write a poem in a form of your choice with a drinking connection.

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  1. For many, there is no moderation… and the consequences are scary.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Alcoholism is curse, I agree, and not only for the sufferer.

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  2. kim881 says:

    I agree with this poem, Lisa. I don’t really drink, the odd glass of wine with my daughter or a lager at a stretch. But I have experienced the devastation alcohol can cause.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Kim. I think many lives have been touched by it in some way 😦

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  3. sanaarizvi says:

    This is incredibly powerful writing, Lisa! You depict the dark side of alcohol with such finesse. ❤

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      1. sanaarizvi says:

        You’re welcome ❤

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  4. So many questions for this dark side of fire water
    “cocooned in our un-honeyed combs.” love that line!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Laura!

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  5. lillian says:

    Oh yes…the ravages of the alcoholic and/or too much alcohol. I do like the insertion of this line:
    “How many of us would not be?” as in, how many et loose and did more than embrace and actually conceived in a drunken stupor or at least a bit of tippsiness?
    “Moderation in all things” my father used to preach. He was on to something there. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Lillian ❤

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  6. We both went the same way, Li. I just touched the tip of the iceberg, whereas you very compellingly brought out the seamier side .

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Punam. I think you got to a main root.

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      1. You are so welcome, Li. Yes, I guess so.

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  7. Dale says:

    What a fabulous take. So many have been affected by the negative aspects of alcohol. Moderation without extremism is the way to go… But as depicted in the movie… how to stop from wanting to take it a little further?
    So good, Ms Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dale, thank you for your insightful comment. For a boozer or any other addiction, “some” is never “enough.”

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  8. poetisatinta says:

    This is a great take on the prompt

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  9. Fantastic, Lisa. I really like the way you present the subject matter. Have a blessed holiday! 🌞

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much. Glad to hear it. You also ❤

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  10. “Why must a walk of moderation stagger us so?” Good question. Moderation is beyond many,

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Yvonne.

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  11. Sadje says:

    I totally agree with your point Li. Alcoholism is indeed a curse that causes so much unhappiness. It is banned in Islam, though many Muslims betray this command of God. In Quran, Allah says that though there are a few benefits of alcohol, it’s disadvantages far outweigh its good.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      What makes me sad is on days when people are given the day off from work because of a holiday and go to the bar instead. My maternal side of the family has been destroyed by it and continues to be.

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      1. Sadje says:

        Yes, it is a social ill that has pervaded the society

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  12. I enjoy the occasional beer or a good glass of wine. But everything in moderation! Usually, I don’t drink at all when I have to drive. It’s certainly sad how destructive alcohol can be.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I see drinking alcohol a lot like I see playing with a loaded gun. If you’re careful and lucky you’ll live and keep all of your body parts. Knowing my family history and my own history with it, I shouldn’t drink at all.

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  13. memadtwo says:

    It’s unfortunate how quickly small pleasures can become addictions that turn very dark. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Very well-said, Kerfe. What I learned is alcohol and other mind-altering substances often start out in teen years as relief (from stressful home/school/etc. situations) use, or experimenting with peers. For some, it becomes a substitute for learning how to cope. For an unfortunate #, it becomes a psychological and/or physical addiction 😦

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      1. memadtwo says:

        I’ve known both drug and alcohol addicts, some people who were both. It’s an awful disease. Nicotine, at least, is mostly only self-destructive, but just as bad. We no longer have rituals that serve as a way to navigate the difficulties of life. These are poor substitutes.

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  14. rothpoetry says:

    So very true! In our world of excess, a path of moderation seems very foreign to most! Well done Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Dwight. The alcohol is just one example 😦

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        You are right about that!

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  15. Gillena Cox says:

    Ah too much bting scary results.
    Nice take on the prompt.
    Thanks for dropping by my blog.

    Much💛love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’ve seen most of it up close with family. You’re welcome, Gillena.

      Like

  16. Alcohol can be a killer like burgers and sodas, but that’s not their intention, whereas guns, that’s their raison d’être. We ought to learn about health and consequences, but we’d rather be ignorant. As for guns…

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  17. marialberg says:

    “Either extreme, as in all extremes, plays mean.” is a really great line. A declarative and a conclusion. I like the road this poem took.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you like that line and the road the poem took ❤

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  18. dorahak says:

    Brilliant and wise. “Why must a walk of moderation stagger us so?” A killer line with a pointed dichotomy. Thanks for sharing the trailer btw. My daughter’s a big fan of Mads.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dora, thank you. The trailer pretty much tells the plot of a memorable film.

      Like

  19. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Moderation doesn’t exist in this world of extremes…that is a negative view but one I’ve seen.

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  20. merrildsmith says:

    Addictions can have deadly effects–and extremism, too. It’s too bad that some people can’t or won’t use moderation.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sometimes it feels like the message is pushed that if you don’t worship excess you’re not American. How do we flip the script?

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        Yes, I suppose so.

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