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When The Problem is Really Over

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When The Problem is Really Over

She had been a senior, but only seventeen,
and senior night was to be her come-true dream,
a time of wishes, fantasy, fairytales come true
“Days of Wine, and Roses…and you.”

She in truth didn’t appreciate then
she’d be faced with problems when
she took her first cool, illegal sip
that all of life’s resolutions should slip.

At first the calming lure of the wine
was held at bay, she was in control and fine;
no real problems, although a divorce
stemmed from alcohol, his problem, not hers, of course.

She abhorred greatly drunks and winos ~
she purchased her drinks with social grace;
she never really saw the mirror’s reflection
when she held it up close to her face.

When she saw cheerless advertisements,
of drivers weaving, driving drunk
she knew when she was behind the wheel
she was fine, but watched out for the other drunks.

As she grew older and more into reflection
she silently admitted she might have an addiction,
but it was her life, by God, and life’s demands
softened in the evenings with a drink in her hand.

Of course arguments reigned, money was tight,
each drink led to disagreements every night;
and as she would lay in her drunken state,
her mind would think “tomorrow’s not too late…

……for I should stop this endless ride,
of feeling ashamed, that I should hide
my problems from all, why everyone knows;
it’s up to me, out the wine I should throw.”

It was not easy, she did it mostly alone,
for the miserable destruction of others lives, she would atone,
and she took it slow, one day at a time
flinging herself into real life, and away from the life of wine.

Little things she gladly discovered first,
as in that all of her insecurities passed,
other things with her children grew better yet,
and all of her relationships would now last;

Her whole inner self and physical being
seemed to gain a brighter perspective,
and now she knew her thoughts were clear
when she would wax reflective.

Well, a long thirty years of drinking wine
unbelievably, Thank God, left a resolve so fine
that when she then kicked her habits, she kicked well,
thanks be to God, she was left with this tale to tell.

10 January, 2000
©KRJ




 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


© Copyright 2000 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 01-10-2000 04:49 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

This is a compelling piece of addiction and Victory over it.....I applaud the character for her strength and I applaud you Sunshine for such an affecting and well written poem...

 A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extraordinaire!
Shannon


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2 posted 01-10-2000 06:08 PM       View Profile for blueyz75   Email blueyz75   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit blueyz75's Home Page   View IP for blueyz75

Unfortunatly, not all additions have such a happy ending.  Most end with much pain sorrow and grief not only for the addict but also those around them!

Kelly


 I love the male body, it's better designed than the male mind.---Andrea Newman
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3 posted 01-10-2000 06:16 PM       View Profile for JOY 14   Email JOY 14   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JOY 14's Home Page   View IP for JOY 14

Yes, not all addictions end well.  I'm glad this did though.  I think everyone deserves a happy ending if they want it to be!  

 JOY

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4 posted 01-10-2000 07:04 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

The happy ending is so rare with addiction. Great poem, Sunshine!

 Denise

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5 posted 01-11-2000 08:53 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Thank you all for your comments.  One thing I've learned through life, is that you really have to WANT to be...with anything.  Good endings CAN happen.  So while we all occasionally lift a toast, do remember that when someone says they would rather not imbibe, there should be no pressure attached.  To all my good friends who have come through this particular dark valley, cheers in good health.

Hugs, Sunshine

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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6 posted 01-11-2000 09:57 AM       View Profile for blueyz75   Email blueyz75   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit blueyz75's Home Page   View IP for blueyz75

As the person who drives alot of the time, it has become easier and easier not to drink.  You lose the desired to.  It is also funny as hell to watch others get drunk off their ass  

Kelly


 I love the male body, it's better designed than the male mind.---Andrea Newman
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7 posted 01-12-2000 12:45 AM       View Profile for Majestic   Email Majestic   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Majestic

ditto blueyz...nice ending sunshine (thankfully)
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Kelly, Majestic, thank you for reading and responding.

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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9 posted 01-12-2000 06:10 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

A great poem Sunshine. This lady finally saw her reflection in the mirrow and I admire her for her strength.
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10 posted 01-13-2000 03:13 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

This is a wonderful poem, Sunshine, and fortunately a strong character. I enjoyed the personal look into someone's life. Very enlightening
Liz
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Munda, Elizabeth, thank you for reading and for your comments...

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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I'm glad someone found a happy ending to an otherwise terrible road....

 MAY THE ROAD RISE TO MEET YOU,
MAY THE WIND BE ALWAYS AT YOUR BACK
MAY THE SUN SHINE UPON YOUR FACE
THE RAINS FALL SOFT UPON YOUR FIELDS
AND, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN,
MAY GOD HOLD YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND

Irish Blessing
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BWAngel, someone has to want it bad enough...

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Well, I am glad that the someone in your poem wanted it badly enough to be able to kick the habit. Great poem.

Love and hugs,
Lizzie



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Thank you Lizzie.  
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16 posted 04-13-2000 06:13 PM       View Profile for John the cat   Email John the cat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for John the cat

A super cautionary tale with an unusual happy ending. I liked it very much.

 May your roof never fall in and those beneath it never fall out.

Irish proverb.
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Thank you, John the Cat - I haven't met you before, but here is a belated Welcome to Passions!

 Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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18 posted 04-14-2000 12:23 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Came back for another read, Sun ....
This is one of your finest ....

 "This is where you will win the battle .... in the playhouse of your mind."
Maxwell Maltz
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Thank you Pepper, that means a lot...
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I'm sending this one to my daughter, Mama K

even though she gets on me about my drinking and I'm not realy worried about her, she needs to read this

thank you
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