Lousy Tenant

Updated on August 21, 2019

I have this lousy tenant, who doesn’t pay his rent.

He lives alone inside my head for free.

I tried for an eviction, but all avenues were spent.

then I found he was this other part of me.

He tells me I am useless, worthless, nothing but a punk.

Always finding someone else to blame.

The only thing I’m good at, is going out and getting drunk

And that my life will always be the same.

He’s the power of my addiction, controller of my mind.

He never wants to give a moments rest.

The cravings, the urges, that are my daily grind.

That keep me trapped inside this hornets’ nest.

I’ve found the motivation, to help me make the climb.

The eviction now is going to go ahead.

I know it will be hard, and going to take some time.

But I will finally get this tenant out my head.

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      • drylen profile imageAUTHOR

        Charlie Halliday 

        9 months ago from Scotland

        Yes Brenda and Lora. One of the things I have learned on my recovery journey. Is how to dispute the irrational beliefs and make my own choices

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        Mark Tulin 

        9 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        You’re right, a terrible tenant. I would at least raise the rent.

      • Lora Hollings profile image

        Lora Hollings 

        9 months ago

        I really like the style of your poem, Drylen. And I think we all may have a tenant like that from time to time that fills us with doubt and negativity about ourselves. I know I do! But I just try to ignore that voice and go ahead and do what I need to do, anyway. I'm glad to hear that you're evicting this tenant. Good work!

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        9 months ago from Washington Court House

        Charlie ,

        This is a great piece of work.

        Believe it or not, we all have that other self telling our mind things untrue.

        The fact that you acknowledge these thoughts mean you are on the right track.

        Don't give up even if you stumble a bit.

        Good write.

      • drylen profile imageAUTHOR

        Charlie Halliday 

        9 months ago from Scotland

        Thanks Lorna and Cornelius for your positive comments

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        Lorna Lamon 

        9 months ago

        Excellent poem and a great way to describe the psychological torment many people go through. It's finding the strength deep inside that will lift you up and set you free. Very impressive.

      • Cornelius Nolitta profile image

        Cornelius Nolitta 

        9 months ago from Roma, Italia

        A writing that is very reflective, it seems to feel the weight of the other part of us

      • drylen profile imageAUTHOR

        Charlie Halliday 

        9 months ago from Scotland

        Hi Shannon. Yes the title could be deceiving, but I thing it is a good analogy. Thanks for reading and commenting. Glad you liked it.

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        Shannon Henry 

        9 months ago from Texas

        I expected to read a humorous poem, but what I found instead may be better. Although it's not the kind of humor I expected, it can easily be motivational for someone in need. Nice work.


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