You Drank Away Your Name


I, the honest satirical writer, had a care-bear moment.

For those that know me well, you’d know that I really do have a soft spot for homeless people.

Particularly the ones that are homeless largely because of their addiction.

Today at work I couldn’t help but be entranced by the outside world; I saw things for how they are. (Doesn’t that sound Star Wars esq?)

So I wrote poem.

Yes, I wrote a poem.

For context this poem is about the homeless person I saw today who was piss drunk.

Be sure to give it a read, tell me how much it sucks or whatever you kids do on the interweb – but most importantly let me know what you think.




I see hope drowning in beer cans; the smile in your pain.

As time passes, the comfort of yesterday washes away like rain,

And the streets, yes the streets they are your chains,

 All you live for is one buzzed trip down memory lane,

 You drank away your name,

You drank away your name,

What a shame,

What a shame.

41 thoughts on “You Drank Away Your Name

  1. It reads like you believe all homeless people became drunks and their current end-all is pretty much their fault.Or that the subject of this poem became a drunk and that’s how their end-all came to be. This is not to say you think this, this is to say, this is how the poem reads to me.

    The lines I love especially are:

    “As time passes, the comfort of yesterday washes away like rain,

    And the streets, yes the streets they are your chains,”

    At least you were moved to write something about the situation (s) you witness. Peace, Tony and thanks for sharing.

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    1. He said ‘particularly the ones who are homeless largely because of their addiction.’ To me that doesn’t equate to the blogger thinking all homeless people are alcoholics or drug addicts.

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  3. Tony, my brother! This is so true. You know why? Because who you are talking about could be any of us. Yes, because nobody’s safe in this world, it all depends on us.

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  4. Thanks for stopping my site today and thought I’d do the same. I was pleasantly surprised and glad I did. I enjoyed your sensitivity regarding the homeless issue. It’s bothered me before, too. If I’m able to give them food at the time, I will. But to encourage their habit, I do not contribute to that. It IS a trap, lost their soul & ‘drank away their name’ to boot.

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  5. I like this poem. On an added note, I think people believe that homelessness is an epidemic because people are addicts. But I think in a lot of cases, first comes some sort of mental illness, then comes self-medicating in the form of addiction, followed by homelessness. I have a lot of empathy for those without a home. Thank you for your poem that promotes more awareness of this issue. It was beautiful.

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  6. I stumbled across this in my early morning wanderings. I appreciate your creativity and artistry, but having worked as support staff at a temporary “last-resort” homeless shelter this past season (180 days due to city permit), I struggled with this one. After you spend among time among these beautiful people and get to know their stories, their lives, their struggles, things that may have brought on their “choices”, the hopes and dreams they once had, and may still have….it changes everything. Peace out. – C

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  7. Nice poem, the only thing I would change is the last four lines.
    ‘You drank away your name, you drank away your name, what a shame, what a shame.’ I just think there’s a more innovative way you could have ended it.

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