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diamond-How Drunk are You Tonight Dad?

Poetry By: jack diamond

the story of my father

Submitted:Apr 26, 2007    Reads: 261    Comments: 22    Likes: 2   

How drunk are you tonight dad?

Drunk enough to fight?

Are you drunk enough to hit mommy?

Or passed out for the night

When you're sober, do you love me?

It's too cloudy

I can't see

Your speech is slurred and vision hazy

What have I done?

Why are you so crazy?

You leave me alone

Only when I don't want you to

When daddy gets drunk, and hates him,

What's a ten-year-old to do?

Come on dad.

Let's see what I've got

Now that you're done with mommy

She is bruised quite a lot

Come after me now, I'll beat you if I'm able

Punches thrown and curses shouted

I fall and break the coffee table

What happened to you?

You say you love us

Is it true?

1,400 miles

You WALKED to Minnesota just to see me in 1990

But now you're cold and heartless

How can this be?

Could it be the beer or coke?

Or possibly the weed you smoke?

How did the warmth and love go away?

Now you hate yourself more than us

Thank God you didn't stay

How drunk are you tonight dad?

It's really very sad

How drunk are you tonight dad?


...I made you mad

Stand me in a corner

Beat me with a belt

Scream at me and cut me down

Cause my self esteem to melt


I'm sober tonight dad

I'm nothing like you

I don't scream at my girlfriend

I will never beat my kids

Your grandchildren will never need,

To write poems like this

You're just a sad old man now

Broken down and lonely

Too bad you had to push away,

The son who was your only

I'll never call you "dad" again

You can bank on that, it's true

Too bad you had to raise a son

Who can't bear to think of you

This family has forgotten you

Our affections are to cease

Danny Lamar Gilbert

May you rest in peace

I'll never know the why

But this poem is the how

And yet, still I wonder

Do you love me now?


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