26 May 2011


Some inherited traits can be traced in a family tree for generations. Sometimes these traits are not the most desirable, and it is the individual's choice whether they want to continue to be a part of that legacy...

This poem along with Let's Get Honest, will be used in press releases in Asotin County in the State of Washington, announcing National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, which was held in September.


black eyes… destructive tales
knowing your name…
in a room full of smoke and haze
stories blacked out…
but no one will forget
a list begins to form

car crashed… license lost
lessons not learned
legacies survive
a fate in life
etched before birth
yet… denial leads the way

marriage… then children
divorce… fingers pointed
blackened teeth fall to the ground
a stench leads the way
on a path that no one follows
to a place better not seen

still without pain…
suffering avoided
strong jawed… weak kneed
rage rules the way
self-will run riot
third generation alcoholic

1 comment:

  1. Comments from "Authors Den"

    Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/18/2006
    Most powerful message...living with a alcoholic is not easy...I know this so well!!

    Love Tinka

    Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/18/2006
    powerful visuals, dave; so good to see you here! i have missed you! very well done; bravo!

    (((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :(

    Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 7/18/2006
    Powerful message here...

    Reviewed by Sandie Angel 7/18/2006
    Powerful imageries presented.

    Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)

    Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/18/2006
    STrong powerful write with images that shout from the screen, the continuation of a chain of bad destructive habits is a hard reality to watch my friend and I know I have watched it before in someone I cared about.

    Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 7/18/2006
    Damn, mman, you got something against me, putting all my bad traits out there for the whole world to see? LOL Hand-me-down's from the family trees is, yes, viable and even unavoidable I firmly believe. Very good poetry.