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Rebirth

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I read a poet’s work today
It left me gobsmacked, blown away
I told them that their work was great
And told them to no longer wait
Messages went to and fro
I loved the way their poems flowed
I asked for a title for my verse
And they came back with REBIRTH

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Like a chewed up sweet I thought I would melt
Blaming this life for the cards I was dealt
But I realise now if I want to be free
I must see that some of the problem was me
This world has been blamed a thousand times
Just an excuse for my wicked crimes
Got told as a youngster I needed a shrink
But when I was born I was programmed to drink
A mixed up child got shoved in a home
Little self worth and felt so alone
Others had managed so why couldn’t I
Born into a world where I wanted to die
I always looked round in your universe
I noticed that others had lives that were worse
So why years of drinking to blot out the pain
I have lame excuses but I just can’t explain
Thirty eight years I drank like a clown
I had the red nose but my smile was a frown
Then one day I could take no more
Reached for the phone, pissed up on the floor
That day was nearly four years ago
I’d planted the seed and was ready to grow
The drink was put down but my feelings were dark
It was never going to be a walk in the park
Then two years ago I found I enjoyed writing
Thank goodness I did coz I’m fed up of fighting
Writing my feelings with a story to tell
And these last few months I’ve come out my shell
No longer frightened no longer ashamed
For most of my life I was the blame
I’m still like a clown most of the while
My nose is still red but my frown’s now a smile
Top poets as family and today I can see
When I’m handing out blame, I must start with me
Onwards and upwards I will keep growing
Today’s medication is writing a poem
I’m feeling so well and I’m loving this earth
I feel born again, this is my
REBIRTH

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