Dogs 2015

SELF INFLICTED
(4/13/15)


I would
never extol
the sickness
and criminal stupidity
of an alcoholic
lifestyle

but God
damn them
to Hell
when these
sober folk
call in
sick

because of
a headache

a fever

the sniffles

I went
to work
on a regular
basis
for almost
a quarter
of a century
with hangovers
that would've killed
most of them

laudatory
no

my performance
was definitely
defiled

but I
showed

I did
my time

it was
a matter
twisted honor
within my diseased
circle
of drinking
acquaintances
to suffer the symptoms
and still keep
the routine

now
these people
leave voicemails
and texts

even
they know
to be ashamed
at such flimsy
excuses

they don't
feel good

fuck them

I will
be here
with the
flu

upper respiratory
infection

food
poisoning

they are
Sunday brunches
compared
to the physical
and spiritual
purgatories
of the extreme
hangover

I check
my messages

mark
another one
as absent

cross
them off
a different
list