alphabet of an alcoholic

when you’re really hungover
and I mean
beastly hungover
it’s really strange
what seems to be
most interesting to
you:
a) a fly walking upside down
on the ceiling.
b) a nice silent telephone.
c) one pale foot (yours) sticking
out of the blanket.
d) a cat sitting on the window
sill.
e) a window sill holding a
cat.
f) the sound of a garbage truck and
garbage cans.
g) an automobile attempting to
start.
h) an automobile still attempting to
start.
i) an automobile finally
starting.
j) the fly now missing.
k) the cat no longer on the window sill.
l) the screen above the window sill:
m) which reminds you that you are not in
jail
n) and are able to walk to the toilet without
fighting through a
crowd.
O) that the toilet is the closest thing to
God if there is a God.
p) piss and flush.
q) wash without soap and examine the non-
magic mirror.
r) find the bed again.
s) find the fly again.
t) find the cat again.
u) feel sick but fine.
v) find new picture-forms in the cracks in the
ceiling.
w) wonder why you never liked crossword
puzzles.
x) light a cigarette, gag and
grin
y) know that
in spite of the terror and travail
that you are one of the calmest
men on
earth.
z) decide to sleep until noon
then do
the same thing
all over
again.