30 Poems in 30 Days - Day 7
your relationship with something inanimate
This cheap whisky
drags me to bedtime.
Remember the absinthe?
That whole bottle we drank?
You weren't there when I asked
the theatre nurses if he was born
deformed by alcohol. They almost
slapped me instead of his bottom.
You know what it was like
in those days, double standards
not entirely distinguished
from integrity, and the fact
of being a woman. Or man.
I drink this whisky because
I couldn't after pregnancies.
The body upgrades, updates
its tolerances, its tastes.
But that's not the inanimate object
not yet. "I want a permanent solution!"
I said to the woman stretching
my muscles today, me grimacing
and breathing in and counting.
Remember the raw energy of love?
You weren't there when I wanted
to toast our happy accident.
I answered my own demand,
by the way: "I guess I'll get it
when I'm dead. The permanent
solution." She didn't laugh
immediately. There was what's called
'a pregnant pause'.
Sometimes I wonder at the way life works out.
You've stopped drinking. And smoking!
Having invited me to your milestone
birthday party, is it possible
we might celebrate survival with a toast
sit at the same table at his wedding?
Remember the whisky we drank
whenever I drove the five hours to see you?
And cried - which men hate,OK, I've
come to terms with that - because
no amount of fuel, numbness, passion
could have us come together?