This is…

Not the life I wanted to lead

Not your average day of loopy well-being

Not the family I recognize as brethren

Not the word I dreamt up flowing from pen, blood and heart

Not the tensile stretch of muscle used in utmost longing, reach to beyond

No picture-book happiness of domesticity tamed

No anger or despair allowed to creep in

Save in the tumble – a little too loud – of ice cubes in a glass

as soon as cocktail hour will allow.

Fall into the flab of inane self-expression

with hiccup, giggle and gin.

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26 thoughts on “This is…”

  1. ha. you got enough to share…smiles…there is def a dark shadow here…it happens…things def dont always happen the way we think they will…and that can be hard to live with…to face…hoping though that happiness can still be found outside the drink…

  2. smiles…i like that you call us a friendly place…sometimes life can surely develop in ways we didn’t want it to develop – and then how to handle disappointment – my father was drinking, kinda disappointed with life – and sometimes it’s tough to choose differently – choose happiness as bri wrote in his intro today… a thought provoking write

    1. Yes, I’ve had my share of ‘disappointed’ family members, some unwilling to admit it even to themselves, and choosing to chase away those shadows in unproductive ways. It is so sad to see.

  3. I think many of us reach a point in life where things don’t look the way we thought they would…. But it’s where we go from there that matters. Easier said than done, I know.

  4. This…such a wonderful depiction of what real life is like.
    This is not…something I could even hope to achieve.
    Well done!

  5. Marina, this feels mournful to me. It says so much in just a few images. I like the repetition too — it’s very effective.

  6. This poem serves up a glass of disappointment with the gin. A strong write about a reality which I am sure many can identify with IF they are willing to admit it….even to themselves.

    1. Spot on, Mary! This started out as a whinge of self-pity on a weekend when things did not go according to plan… but it’s always a good idea to ‘sit’ on a poem for a while, and then rethink, rework, reword, isn’t it?

  7. I love your tags for this, but I think the self-pity is transformed into something a little less toxic, perhaps resignation, by the act of writing here–well-said.

  8. It is hard to look at all of the This is nots that we live with on a daily basis. At least we can be grateful for the ice cubes and the hour.

  9. I venture that most of us have felt the inanity of our existence from time-to-time, and it’s all too often tied into addiction. But the cycle can be broken. Great capture of the feeling.

  10. Beautifully and eloquently said. Though a somber thought, it’s nice to know we are not alone in these occasional feelings of emptiness, loss. Knowing we are similarly bound to each other, to humanity in such a way is comforting in a quirky way. it just goes to show we’re all human. Onward and upward, I say. Fools be damned, and let’s blaze a path in to the future. When the grim reaper comes for me, he’ll have to drag me kicking and screaming, except I’ll have a bottle of champagne in hand. 🙂

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