21 January 2012

Better Off


mostly you’re better off drunk;
pretence wears weary, breeds
unkind images of contempt

whether you were convincing
meant quizzing candidly with
motives carefully expressed

liked to think without prejudice
the mere act of asking explained
everything – but no,

places you in dilemma of a
constructed jeopardy, one
where innocence flees

not insouciance – not at first
and not convoluted orthodoxy
in new wave thinking

but if you understood what I
meant and I wasn’t drunk why
did I feel it was safer to be?
© 9 June 2011, I. D. Carswell