Half Drunk Muse Poetry


the ascension by John Sweet

this feeling you get
when you read about
rothko’s suicide
or dee dee’s overdose

this world of young girls
on their hands and knees while
the cameras roll

while the wars are fought
and the soldiers cut off
the feet of the smallest children

and the phone ringing
at some point in the afternoon
on easter sunday

your mother
eight hundred miles away
saying she’s found your father

saying he doesn’t remember
how he got there

a frightened man in
an anonymous hospital room
and what he wants is a drink
and a cigarette

what he wants is to
forget again

what he says is
take me home

View bio for John Sweet Published in All Poems 1999-2004

About HDM

Half Drunk Muse was one of the first poetry ezines. It was founded in 1999 and ceased publication in 2006.

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