the drunk

has spent his young life
not believing his
is his family.
destroys himself
trying to see
if they’ll give him up.

they don’t

so he drinks smokes
some more

they still keep him

keep believing
he’ll see the light

hit the bottom

see the light-

he doesn’t.

instead he keeps going deeper and deeper
into his illusions
and as he goes deeper
he forgets the initial purpose
and soon falls
victim to his own
and destruction

now he can’t admit
a drunk

he’s an addict

he’s come close to destroying himself
loved ones.

instead he’s become
the typical story of a

of an addict

of self-destruction

his initial theory
his initial science project
his initial rebellion

has rebelled against him.

now it’s a lifestyle choice
expecting family will still be there to give him
what he requires
without any repercussion

and for the most part – they are

problem is

his drinking
his smoking
his own destruction

is destroying them

they’re dying slowly in anguish.

but that’s not his fault
instead his childhood experiment
is coming true

and soon he will be all alone
not because family abandoned


because he abandoned


he still doesn’t see it


that’s just one more injustice
the world will put against him.

and he’ll walk the streets alone
with no door to call his own
close behind him each night
and sleep in



About Crazy Irishman

Touted as a working man's poet, Martin Durkin has been writing professionally for the last 12 years. He has appeared in over twenty anthologies across North America, including, "And left a place to stand on", a collection of poems and essays about the late great Al Purdy. Durkin has also published two collections of poetry, "Hypnotic Childhood", and "The Sound of Quish". Over the past 4 years, Durkin has been on hiatus for the most part but has recently come back to the poetry scene creating a poetry site called, where in the past year he has written over 100 poems and created a cross over page on where he gives a story behind each of the pieces written. View all posts by Crazy Irishman

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