An artist,a poet at heart & a teacher by profession, pursuing masters in psychology now. Passionate about reading & writing the expressions.


Family Battle

After two years of a distant relation

I shifted to stay with my companion,

There I came to know for the first time

He was addicted to cigarettes and alcoholism,

Till now I considered them as hellish being

Who used to consume liquor or did smoking,

But now it was my fate to take it in my living,

As my sole partner was the one consuming,

I tried to run away, jump from the terrace or leave him.

When I called my relatives to tell about this thing

They asked me to adjust and take it as my fortune,

And since then I just argued or cried in agony,

While he tried me to understand that it was nothing,

For him, it was normal drinking or smoking,

After a tiring day to be merry and go for relaxing.

Once I took the used butt of him

And lighted to feel the smoking

That was worst of all the things

That I had ever attempted,

Thus, our battle continued.

A Vodka Challange

We all had gone for some celebration

To have some moments of fun,

He was drinking with his friends

And I looked at him with disgust,

One of his friends notice me,

And he put up a challenge,

"If you can walk even three steps

After having just a little peg,

Our friend will never ever drink."

I felt blessed, it was nothing

At least I could help him in quitting

Not just one I had four full pegs

And after having that I was walking

Just to show that I was winning

But soon started the head spinning

And I was continuously vomiting,

It was a horrible experience of that drinking

But with that was an amazing feeling

I was in some dreamy world hallucinating

There I knew why people were drinking.


Is it okay to drink?

© 2020 Anupam Mitu


Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 14, 2020:

I have talked about the feeling of the past. Now I don't have any sort of problem with the people who drink moderately. But in Mumbai and even in many small cities, there are many families ruined because of alcoholism.

Lora Hollings on October 11, 2020:

I don't drink any hard liquor. Very infrequently and only about twice a year will I have a glass of wine perhaps on my birthday or a holiday. I would much rather drink ginger ale or carbonated water. I've seen alcohol ruin people's lives and it can make nice people into mean and abusive ones. As you write in your last stanza, a lot of people drink to avoid reality or face problems. Drinking alcohol destroys many brain cells! And then there's always the risk of causing damage to your liver and it can lead to cancer. You're much better off staying away from alcohol. It can destroy your memory and cause dementia too. Good poem with a great message! I totally agree with you Anupam.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 11, 2020:

I don’t drink at all but notice how many people are closet alcoholics. I live a mile from an ABC stoke that is right next door to my grocery store and I see all the same people frequenting the establishment.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 11, 2020:

Nice to hear from you Manohar. Now I am also not against drinking but just my heart doesn't accept that. I feel that amount can be used for far better causes. And I respect your opinion. We all have our set of beliefs.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on October 10, 2020:

Anupam you have had a sad experience but that does not mean that drinking whiskey or vodka leads to what you have described. I have been drinking for two decades plus with girlfriends and the aim is to enjoy and that is what wine and drinking are all about. God willing we can have a date and you could drink with me and you will find how things are. Smoking? I am against it.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 09, 2020:

Yes, dear Eric, there is always hope.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 09, 2020:

I cannot agree more. Sure, I too find myself in fantasyland while reading or writing poems.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 09, 2020:

Yes dear, but in India it's as common among poor as the rich and wherever one is addicted to drinking or smoking, the whole family has to suffer. In my study of psychology, I have learnt the situation of an addicted person's family from my trainers. It's not less than hell. Males even send their wives and daughters to brothels to pay for their drink.

Anupam Mitu (author) from MUMBAI on October 09, 2020:

You know John, I used to be so puzzled to see the people drinking and then having all the fun but since I tried myself I felt it was all nonsense. I know in western countries it's common to drink. I belonged to a small town where drinking was a thing of criminals. I have been living in the metropolitan city, Mumbai for more than a decade now, this has changed a lot of my mindsets and beliefs.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 09, 2020:

Thank you for sharing this poetic story, Anupam. I have never smoked, but have drank. I still drink occasionally on special occasions or to be sociable, but very little and infrequently.

Kalpana Iyer from India on October 09, 2020:

I am dead against smoking. It does nothing but harm. Alcohol consumption, on the other hand, as long as the person knows how to control, I am okay with it. Certain types of alcohol even have health benefits (already proven) if consumed in small amounts. But like anything else, it should not be misused.

Chandrasekhar Rajendra Raut from Nagpur on October 09, 2020:

Well done! Could poetry be a solution? Poetry could also take us to the fancy land!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 09, 2020:

A good look at a problem. I am thinking that there is always hope.

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