Poetic Asides http://blog.writersdigest.com/poeticasides/ PAD prompt for day 10 is to write a ‘never again poem.’
This is from a true incident, which occurred in good old VT-21, in the Navy when I was twenty years old. I only wrote about the parts I could remember.
SQUADRON PARTY IN THE PARK
by Mike Patrick
Never again, if I live,
will I drink this much alcohol.
All the beer that I can drink
from a never-ending keg.
Chugging contests using quart mugs,
The last man standing wins.
Advice from a friend(?):
There’s no shame in getting sick,
Just throw up in the weeds
and come back drinking.
A half mile to the barracks—
if I could walk—
More like two miles when crawling.
Takes all night
if you fall asleep on the lawn.
Damn the mosquitoes.
I did live, and a valuable lesson was learned.