lost in the various hinterlands

this afternoon
the dentist leaned over me and
smiled and said,
“I know you, you’re a writer,”
and then he put the drill to
the tooth…

now tonight
at this machine
the way it’s not
going
I can say
I’m not
a writer…

one thing about being a
professional drunk
(which I am)
is that
that never leaves
you

although you have many
critics there
too
who can’t understand
why you do it
or why you continue
to do it
no matter what they
say.

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