Whiskey In The Well (English sonnet)

by Ben Pickard   Jan 24, 2017


Though oftentimes words soothe and comfort us,
I have, of late, found this is in reverse:
How can we love or even start to trust
A verse that leaves us lighter in the purse?
Each line that's bled costs half a whiskey more,
And sonnets tease and wile away my nights.
What ghastly lines would force us to adore
The perfect view without a shaft of light?
Unquenchable is ev'ry poet's thirst -
A sacrificial lamb upon the stone;
With pens, we scribble charms that leave us cursed -
Our words then cut the writer to the bone.
Do not expect to cast a magic spell
Without the water leaking from the well.

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Ben Pickard 2017

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  • 8 months ago

    by SERA

    With pens, we scribble charms that leave us cursed -
    Our words then cut the writer to the bone.
    Do not expect to cast a magic spell
    Without the water leaking from the well.

    For me writing can be the best way to confront and untangle complicated thoughts.
    Once i've articulated them i feel clearer, however getting to that point can sometimes be a draining and frustrating process.

    Great poem!

  • 8 months ago

    by - Mr. Darcy

    Issued with buckets from birth - they start off the same, blank and impressionable. It is amazing how just a few years on these buckets then range from tin to gold and drip with substance as varied as brine and caviar.

    Is life fair - I think not.

    • 8 months ago

      by - Mr. Darcy

      oops, wrong poem. This was meant for another gem of yours.

  • 8 months ago

    by - Mr. Darcy

    Ben, you know I like sonnets, especially your pieces. But, whiskey is something that I have never got to grips with, perhaps, this is a lesson you could teach me?

  • 8 months ago

    by deeplydesturbed

    Benny,
    As per usual I am the last to see your poem so everyone has already broken it down. Sorry...

    I do love this. :)

    Well done.

  • 8 months ago

    by - Mr. Darcy

    *mouth drops open, belt unfastens and...*
    ^
    You could say, I liked this a lot! :P

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