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Medicinal Purpose

by Mike Loftis

She takes the bottle from the cabinet
and pours herself a drink
She tells herself she needs it
and allows herself to think
there's something in the bottle
to replace that which she's lost
She takes what it has to offer
but fails to count the cost
The whisky takes her back
to a moment in her youth
when she thought love meant forever
before she knew the truth
when she wished upon the stars
and threw nickels in the well
before she learned "I love you"
was just a lie he'd tell
She feels emotions rising
Her tears are coming fast
but she swore she'd never cry
so she pours another glass

mike loftis


Posted on 10/02/2004
Copyright © 2022 Mike Loftis

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Anne Engelen on 10/02/04 at 01:41 PM

You're the master of Rhyme !! very moving poem.

Posted by John Ilotan on 10/02/04 at 02:36 PM

A vivid look at a broken heart ...and the sad comfort thats found in a bottle. Great write.

Posted by JD Clay on 10/02/04 at 03:26 PM

A striking verse that cuts to the heart of mindful madness. Very stylish, Mike...pe4ce

Posted by Michelle Calhoun on 10/02/04 at 06:06 PM

I love the emotion in this. It really tugs at my heartstrings. One of my favorites. Excellent read!

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 10/02/04 at 08:04 PM

Wonderful poem, and that's exactly what it's like. You've nailed it, Mike! It's got to go on my favorites so I never forget where I came from and where I am today.

Posted by Amanda L Marron on 10/03/04 at 01:37 AM

were you listening to "whiskey lullaby" as you wrote this??? very moving write mike.

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 10/03/04 at 10:02 PM

And though the whiskey offers what appears to be respite, the lies it tells are the worst of all...

Posted by Melissa Arel on 10/03/04 at 10:09 PM

A sad but, often common story.. Great job, Mike!

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 10/04/04 at 06:18 PM

yes, a real aftertaste and sting to the experience of her addiction. Well told.

Posted by David R Spellman on 10/05/04 at 01:24 AM

Sadly true but so effectively crafted and presented here!

Posted by Mary Ellen Smith on 10/05/04 at 09:55 AM

you have a way of bringing a little story into your poems...love it!

Posted by Mara Meade on 10/05/04 at 10:33 PM

A true, tragic story (it happens too often) that is told with a gentle observation and non-judgemental intent. You've done it again!

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 10/11/04 at 06:17 PM

Very good Mike....Charlie

Posted by Brian Francis on 10/17/04 at 08:44 PM

Very Nice. I like this one very much -peace --bf

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 10/27/04 at 02:49 PM

A sad, sad tale of despair you so well relate in this most poignant poem.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 12/02/04 at 06:21 PM

Wow. One of life's all time great tragedies superbly put to verse. Hat's off to ya man.

Posted by Karl Waldbauer on 08/09/05 at 07:06 AM

Congratulations, Mike. The world weary woman in this POTD speaks to a place inside all of us.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 08/09/05 at 02:41 PM

Excellent capture of personal sadness/tragedy Mike. And the rhyming only helps to emphasize the tone. Congrats on POTD...well deserved!

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 08/09/05 at 06:43 PM

Congratulations on POTD Mike. Your poem is a litany for many people, day after day, sometimes until death. The truth is too ugly; eventually lies get uglier than the truth. You've written about a universal theme.

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 08/09/05 at 09:51 PM

Again, my compliments on this terrific poem and your POTD, Mike!

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 08/10/05 at 04:13 AM

Congratulations for poem of the day Mike...Charlie

Posted by Mary Abeln on 08/13/05 at 07:47 PM

It takes a skilled poet to write a rhyming poem that sounds neither forced nor cheesy. And might I say, you are quite skilled. This is beautiful, haunting, and unfailingly accurate. I love it.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 03/10/09 at 04:40 PM

OMG! So beautiful, but very sad. I can see why this was POTD! Very poinient. It's one of hose rare pieces that you can see in your mind's eye. Vivid, haunting images. This is truly wonderful

Posted by Timothy Wilson on 07/20/11 at 09:59 PM

simply amazing. I loved it. the flow and rhyme scheme were second to none. awesome awesome work here. So real and vivid.

Posted by Gilly Wigley on 07/28/13 at 05:22 PM

Love it.

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