Night after night

(From Pinterest)

Last night, like most previous nights,
elusive peace sat at the bottom of the bottle
looking at me with the same pensive eyes
an enticing smile on her amber lips
the ebb and flow of discontent
that was capped within
begged to be emptied
such prayers are not meant to be denied
I relieve her from tumult every night.

Written for dVerse poetics. Today I am the host and we are writing a poem which is connected to drinking. Read about it here.


54 thoughts on “Night after night

  1. You have painted a sad picture of drinking night after night, Punam. I enjoyed the personification but, for me, there is no peace to be found at the bottom of a bottle. These lines stand out:
    ‘the ebb and flow of discontent
    that was capped within
    begged to be emptied’.

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  2. This is beautifully poignant, Punam! I resonate with; “the ebb and flow of discontent that was capped within begged to be emptied.” ❤❤

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  3. Yes, a Spirit of the past.
    Her number tells me so
    Born in the flow of the Garonne
    Still, quite hot that year
    In Paris many perished
    Unprepared for breathless heat

    Still, the scent of moist evenings
    And the warmth of those days
    Swirls in the glassy
    brown eyes of the young serveuse

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  4. You do a great job, Punam, personifying the false allure of wine as an escape from conflict/problems to promised “peace.” Especially liked ‘the ebb and flow of discontent
that was capped within
begged to be emptied’ —

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  5. I’m afraid I’m going to have to try and restore a bit of balance here. Wine is a wonderful thing and is the perfect complement to a good meal. It doesn’t make problems go away, but nor does an expensive holiday or a night out on recreational drugs. They’re all examples of looking for help in the wrong places, not the root cause of the problem. That’s my excuse anyway 🙂

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    1. I love your balanced view, Jane. Wine certainly is a wonderful thing! The problem is not that bottle of alcohol or those pills but how we start relying on them to escape reality. We always look for a quick fix for our problems and any bit of good time/indulgence is not a solution but becomes so easy to blame for our downslide.


      1. Yes, you’re right. There are degrees of escapism though, and a glass of wine in good company is one of the milder (and cheaper) ones. Taking a holiday is also easy on the addictive side of the balance, bad for the budget and the environment though. Anything to excess is bad, meat, sugar, fat… We can get addicted to a comfortable lifestyle too, in the sense that we won’t stop it or cut down on the comforts without a struggle 🙂

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