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An unusual mistress

An intoxicating mistress


Ah yes, that innocuous fluid

That slow liquid death

She killed my father and

stole my brother

Will she now take you?


Yes she numbs the pain!

But ultimately

there is no sweet solace

to be found

in such suicidal brew


I hear your words

and wipe helpless tears

that stain my cheeks

and drip relentlessly

from my chin


That vile, alluring siren

tempts you into darkness

and you believe

Her detestable lies

Will she now win?



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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/10/2004
Deep heartfelt piece dear friend...I can relate too well!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Peter Paton 9/9/2004
Yea Chanti
Drink is the Devil's Brew....
Agree with Lady below ,a breakup is much preferred to years of anguish and abuse...which destroys the very soul...I truly of my sisters suffered the same agony..she eventually broke from him after years of trying to cure this fatal addiction..was the best decision she ever made...
Reviewed by A PAX 9/9/2004
ohhhhhhhh i am here because of the footnote you put on the other poem you posted tonight......I didn't realize drink was the cause of the breakdown of that relationship.........till i came back to reread...
its so often the case......but a breakup is better than yrs of that your picture on the other poem? Its lovely......
sorry for your troubles chanti........
pax A
Reviewed by Thomas Lanechanger 7/8/2004
Very powerful poetry and the artwork is really something, Chanti!!!… She has robbed more lives than she’s saved that’s for darn sure!!!… So sorry to hear about your losses!!!… Thank you for graciously sharing this heartfelt write, Poet!!!
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 7/6/2004
There are myriads of "intoxicants" that tempt and consume one.
The liquid kind of which you speak, is bad, but sometimes even
worse are the intoxicants one cannot see, but only feel...
Like love...which brings an addiction from which we may never recover.
Reviewed by Hanley Harding 6/29/2004
Dear Chanti;

VERY interesting analogy for "demon rum"! Well done!!

Reviewed by Reginald Birch (Reader) 6/27/2004
Chanti,I do feel the emotion in reading this poem, wonderfully expressed and illustrated.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 6/26/2004
"An intoxicating mistress" brings wise messages through its artistic lines... A poetic flower.

Never rest Your pen, Sublime Poet!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by William DeVault 6/26/2004
A most excellent expression! Having lost loved ones to both this mistress and her encapsulated cousins, I understand your viewpoint and respect your words and skill.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 6/26/2004
I agree this is very powerful and emotive. She has destroyed more homes and lives than any other mistress.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/26/2004
Powerful write and thus message that hits right home. Well done, Chanti. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by Anthony Hall 6/24/2004
Chanti - very evocative and flows well. Like all addictions, this 'mistress' is really enslavement...slavery of our own choosing, but with effects just as lasting and detrimental.

Enjoyable read.

Reviewed by ~Indigo~ Elga 6/23/2004
Dear Chanti,

A very deep and heartfelt write here. Unfortunately Mistress Gin a devil in diguise!

love and hugs
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 6/23/2004
Only if she mixes well with Club Soda.
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