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Jan
11

somebody within us

Hotel bar

With a few

Lingering

Drinkers,

With just a few

Too many

In their bloodstream-

Dissolving

Their livers

As well as

Their usual limitations

And sensibilities.

The awkward

Stumbling

Of slurred

Speech

And movements,

Creates

A messy ballet

Of dueling

Desire

And reason.

It’s such a play

Of humanity-

To shed

The normal routine

Of life

And replace it

With this other

Self

Who is not

Us,

But who

Is

Somebody

Within us.

The distance

Created

By the drinks

And the miles

From our regular

Existence

Puts us closer

To that person

Who is not us,

But who is.

 

Timothy Vance Jackson

January 20, 2011

 

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