If You Know What’s Good for You

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The season brings a delirium of time
shifty as quicksand, but I’m too far adrift to
fathom it.  It’s just so damned hard to get
into these dreary daily doings, so I’m drunk

on a procrastination of coffee.  I don’t
want to unravel, unanchored, just want to be
a charming plaything, winsome, not martyred
as house elf, one of those unseen slaves

who ensure the spick-span purification of
sparkling quarters, a place that swallows time
with its early phantoms.  Only when asleep I get
to better chase the perfect escape, a drunk

devouring wolf sleep, rogue and sham.  I stay
bed-long into Sunday morning, an earned drunk
aftermath of a night’s unspooling of limbs on
the comfort and cooling of sheets, the taste of wine

iron scent in my hair, my long-abandoned virtue
lost somewhere, a hyena of chores circling my poetry
but for now, I’ll deliquesce, vegetate, do whatever.

© N Nazir 2023

Written for Shay’s Word Garden, where we are given inspiration with a word list from the surreal poetry of Rimbaud.  Words used: season, delirium, charming, plaything, phantoms, asleep, wolf, sham, hyena.

Written also for WWW at the Skeptic’s Kaddish, where the poet of the week (Angela Wilson) challenges us to write a golden shovel poem, a form that entails us to incorporate a line or section of a known poem as the final word in each line (similar to an acrostic).  I’ve never done one before so I was keen to have a go.  I included a section of Baudelaire’s well-known poem Get Drunk.

“…Time to get drunk!
Don’t be martyred slaves of Time,
Get drunk!
Stay drunk!
On wine, virtue, poetry, whatever!”

*You can read the full Baudelaire poem here.

*Of course, my poem is not true.  Though such a Saturday night is familiar to me, it’s been a while.  Last night, I had a nice cup of cocoa and was all tucked up in bed at a perfectly reasonable time 🙂

39 thoughts on “If You Know What’s Good for You

    1. Muchas gracias, dear Filipa!! ❤️ So glad you liked it ☺️ I definitely need to read more Rimbaud, he’s amazing!

      And I should probably stop procrastinating. But I watched a podcast recently about how creative people are natural procrastinators because their brains need time to make decisions and procrastinating helps them do that. That’s my excuse anyway and I’m sticking to it! 😂

      Un beso enorme de vuelta a ti 😘

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  1. Sparkling quarters, well, maybe the day I moved in! I doubt I’ll lay gasping on my death bed wishing that I had dusted more often. But poems, poemdrunk is the thing for me! As for the regular kind of drunk, no no no no I don’t do it no more, i got tired of waking up on the floor la la la. Thanks for including the link to the Baudelaire poem!
    –Shay, your fangirl

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    1. Ha ha! Thanks Shay ❤️ I live in an organised mess most of the time but I do find cleaning therapeutic some days. And I hardly ever drink but when I do, it’s socially, and I’m apt to have the odd binge! Depending on who I’m with. Never woken up on the floor though ☺️ Thanks for a great prompt! 🌟

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