Genealogy Of A Drinking Problem

The family tree is here watered with beer,
in some places full of mushrooms
and in others sprinkled with snuff,
grown erratic where cocaine was used and
one bough of opium slunk towards Bethlehem,
and there, high, little buds of
Mothers’ Little Helpers,
and bark on the collar bears cocaine,
coffees and teas and
burning grasses, and
plants with no name,
oils mixed by men in bark masks and
skulls, drugs to make live men dead and
dead men live; there, there,
is the history of man, of
finding new ways to water the tree.

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