too late is too late

Wherever you hear about a drinking
you expect the man to be
violent and vulgar and turn abusive
and destructive

it wasn’t the case with him

There was a drinking problem there
for sure
but all it cursed him with
was sleep and sometimes

He’d start writing after

But he was a kind man and a great
and his wife had a hard time
convincing her family and friends
and neighbors
that a man who has a separate trashcan
only for bottles and beer cans
is not a man who strikes his wife,
not even with words

Well, none of
them read his poetry

and by the time he died of
cirrhosis it was
too late

You can’t scold a dead man for
having written thousands upon thousands
of pages of
splatter-punk gore and abuse fantasies
involving his wife
her family
her friends
and everyone he knew, including minors

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        1. Thank you! ( o˘◡˘o)

          I usually try to stay away from grandiose words and descriptions. The aim is to say a lot with as little words as possible.

          Many thanks for checking it out! 🙂


      1. Oh yes it does. The scolding sounds so fucking ridiculously hilarious that they’ve turned it into a drinking game. Mead shall continuously fill my horn in the halls of Valhalla and you WILL NOT take that away from me, mother fucker

        First rounds on me. See u there.

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  1. Ayayay. Now you’ll be scaring the men who don’t publish their scary work right out of the writer’s closet… or scaring the ones who only write sweet somethings right back in. (But I hope not, on the latter. :)) As always, love your sense of humour and your very fun and sweet comments section. <33

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    1. (\ ♛/)
      ( ◕ᴥ◕) づ—–★ Thank you, Lia!
      / つ

      I wouldn’t worry about those who write scary work, though.
      They’re the least likely to be influenced by what another writer posted :))

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    1. Aw, thank you! (˃́ᗜ˂̀๑)

      I guess creative writing shows the quality of one’s thoughts, but honestly I’m not some negative, nihilistic person in real life :)) It’s more like an alter ego that I adopt when I get in the writing state. I don’t know how it turned out this way, but… I kinda like it :))
      I guess I’ll keep going with it and see where it takes me (๑•‿•)

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  2. I hear you. Me too. I do get creative non fic pieces published in Knot journal, but I do have an ‘in’ with the editor, and there’s no payment. Sigh. The marketplace is so darned ferocious. Even here on wordpress, people like, but rarely comment. It’s like shouting into a vaccuum.

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    1. Ah, thank you for showing such faith in them! It’s very much appreciated

      Believe it or not, I do submit lots of poems for publication in literary magazines and various websites, but (a lot) more often than not, the answer is either eternal silence or plain rejection.

      Nevertheless though, I keep on writing and submitting. There’s nothing else to do 🙃


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