Dogs 2013

THAT OTHER GUY
(10/17/13)


I still see
flashes of him
from time
to time

not
as often
as in those
crazy days
gone
by

he's
the bad
one

but without
understanding
that he exists
I could have
never
stopped drinking

I wasn't
a nice guy
who sometimes
drank
too much

I was
an asshole
who drank
to deal
with the world
that he mostly
hated

I had
to deal
with the asshole
in order
to eliminate
the need
to drink

I still see
flashes of him
from time
to time

but I
usually
just smile
instead of being
alarmed

it's good
to have
a guy around
who would rather
burn down
a house
than clean it

I may
need him
again
some day