You have to stop
the numbing;
the narcotics,
the alcohol,
and just live
in your own miseries
Get to know them
like welcome old friends
Extend shaking hands
in nicotine-stained greetings
and toothless smiles
Sit down
on some rickety
wooden chairs
across a beaten
kitchen table
Light up fat cigars,
put your feet up,
share some stories
And when you finally reach
that level of intimacy
and truly know one another
then it’s time;
time to drink
Drink until you forget
that you ever
knew any of them
at all

© Christopher Raine