The Morning After
When I awoke I knew it would happen;
mouth watery, world spinning, body sweating like dew.
This was not a thought last night during the clappin’;
the time has come to pay my due.
Stumbling, praying, falling out of bed;
trying to get up, trying to think,
the light hammers pounding at my head,
kneel to the one you know, not the sink.
The Porcelain God awaits the feeble;
mouth watery, world spinning, body sweating like dew.
The God will help for good not for evil,
hug him close, now pay your due.
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