Song of a Drunkard

John Kolyav By John Kolyav, 29th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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What is the pledge of a drunkard everyday after heavy intoxication? This poem illustrates it.

Drunkard's Oath

Let us go and have a few pegs of poison
and sedate all our itching senses
to vomit nonsense.
Let us discuss
Einstein or Bohr was more appropriate
in the question of ‘free will’
(let the cook fry a few eggs
in the heat of our argument)
until the landlady of the bar
interferes with a yawn
or by a gaze at the wall clock.
When she sweeps away the butts
of our fumed thoughts
or when she throws out the egg shells
let us shed a tear or two
on the dead embryos.
When everyone speaks and no one listens,
when the fists of anger beat the thin air
let us swagger out, pass urine
and spit.
Let us return home
and boast, ‘I drink, but ne’er I am drunk!’
Let the snakes not bite if we are lucky.
Over the cold supper let us pledge as usual,
‘We’ll not take as heavy as this day!’
(Reposred from http://www.triond.com/users/johnsonpjohn)

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Argument, Bar, Drunkard, Intoxication

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author avatar John Kolyav
Born in 1963, Postgraduated in 1986. Six novels and four poetry books published. Got three state- level awards for literary works. More details at www.johnsonpj.com

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
29th Jul 2012 (#)

Most usually, the song of the drunkard only sounds good ... to the drunkard... Like a person in a shower. It is not entertainment, but unbridled vaebal masturbation

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author avatar John Kolyav
29th Jul 2012 (#)

As a black humour the poem was really meant to ridicule drunkards, sir! It is sad if it is taken seriously.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
30th Jul 2012 (#)

A teacher once defined "Black Humor" as the act of someone sticking a knife in your ribs, then twisting it - so that it tickles.
(My comment was not intended to be taken as criticism, but as tongue-in-cheek agreement.)

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author avatar John Kolyav
30th Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you for your opinion. You are tickling me.

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author avatar jkalwaye
30th Jul 2012 (#)

unique concept and it reveals some truths .nammude nattile kudiyanmarude sobhavam vidisikalkku manasilakan prayasamanu ..thank you for sharing .jk

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author avatar John Kolyav
30th Jul 2012 (#)

Dear jk. thank you very much.

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author avatar Nagendra
30th Jul 2012 (#)

dear sir,
very unique and creative write up.. wen i go through it i recalled my days as a bachelor in Pemagatshen, Nangkor, Bhutan, Spending most of my days with the same SONG in the bar.. esp.. Hotel Aunty's Bar..

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author avatar John Kolyav
30th Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you dear Nagendra. Once a man quits drinking only he will know the foolishness he was in.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Jul 2012 (#)

Tough on family members who bear the brunt of their foolishness. I remember former US Secretary of State Robert McNamara's words - when a man is bald at the front, he is wise; when bald at the back, he is a thinker, but when both meet eventually, he thinks he is wise - like some drunkards at God's Own country! - siva

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author avatar John Kolyav
30th Jul 2012 (#)

It is true sir. Drunkards are really destroying families. But they always boast, considering themselves great genius, especially when they are intoxicated.

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