Whiskey and a Bible: poems about life

art & poetry by Brian Loewer

Proverbs 23:21

21 For drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.


I got a Bible by my bed

and whiskey on my lips,

guitar strings running

through my fingertips.

My momma use to tell me,

"Son, you got to quit,

all that lonely drinking...

no good can come from it!"

But this vice has got me,

Its got me 'round the neck.

I'm dying for a drink,

I'd kill for just a sip.

So, I stay on my front porch,

in the chair where I reside,

a short glass half empty,

dew dripping off the side.

Momma said it'd leave me lonely,

reminiscing by myself.

She told me, "Drop that bottle,

and take this Bible with yourself."

It's sitting on my stand,

with those pages turned to Psalms,

next to an open bottle,

as I sleep with empty arms.


© 2012 Brian M. Loewer All rights reserved.



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Abluesfornina 2 years ago

Such sadness in a character but you also want to hug him for trying to cancel the spirits with the Bible :). Poignant write.


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LVidoni5 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks a lot dmop. That's a funny coincidence, you'll have to post your song. I'd like to read it.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

The moment I seen your title I had to come and check it out. The reason being that I have a song I wrote with the same name. I enjoyed the poem, good job on it. Voted up and awesome.


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LVidoni5 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Realized I didn't reply to your comment Justin. Ha yeah, no doubt about that, he had beyond a few rough edges. God sure does like a project.


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LVidoni5 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Haha.. Thanks Crystar!


Crystar 4 years ago

Great work LV5. Very creative. Nice painting and cute profile pic hehe.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Brian, there should be no guilt when reading the Psalms when you realize that most of them were written by King David, who was a murderer and a philanderer :-) Most of us aren't that, and yet, he was viewed as a man after God's own heart!


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Haha well thanks Tyra. I wish they did.


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tyra marieza 5 years ago from Atlanta Georgia

wow. Do they have a category vote for wow?


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Haha thanks Alice. The Psalms are for the guilt after you wake up with a hang over ;) take care! and thanks for the follow, right back at ya. -Brian


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AliceFSpencer 5 years ago from Texas

I really enjoyed this poem, I'm a fan of whiskey and Psalms not at the same time wink:)voted up...


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Haha... Isn't that the truth Christine. Yeah moderation is good, unless the booze is free:) Thanks for reading and the great comment. -Brian


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Christine P Ann 5 years ago from Australia

I think the bottle does more harm than good....although last night was good fun lol everything in moderation they say. Great work, you are very talented and I like the sketch :)


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

That makes two of us Shauna :)


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Simplicity4All 5 years ago from Rhode Island, USA

pleasure is mine sir, unfortunately just because i have been smart enough to realize doesnt mean im just as smart in walking away, something to work on I suppose...- Shauna


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Oh very nice Justin. Well maybe we'll have to solve the world's issues over a short glass and some sweet aromas one of these days.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Brian, I have both at my place


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Hey there Simplicity. Thanks for the kind words! Ha yeah you are definitely not alone. Jameson huh? lol not a bad choice. Well glad you recognized it was heading the wrong way, that's more than many recognize or will admit. Nice to meet you! -Brian


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Simplicity4All 5 years ago from Rhode Island, USA

This is a beautifully written poem and seeing as jameson on the rocks is my drink of choice this was something im all too familiar with. "momma said itd leave me lonely reminiscing by myself". I love this line its so true and pretty much sums up where my life was turning, im glad I came across your hubs, its always nice to know your not alone...:)


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Daniella! Thanks for the flattering word(s).. It's great to get some feedback! I saw your profile and it seems interesting, I'll have to check it out soon. Thanks for the great comments- Brian


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

WD Curry- Brilliant is a very flattering word. So, much thanks! Yeah I really liked the painting. That's why I just had to sketch it.. & share it. Well do you play harp?lol I don't know any harp players. thanks for stopping by WD.


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Daniella Lopez 5 years ago from Arkansas

Brilliant piece. I think many people with vices, especially a drinking vice, could relate and understand this poem. Voted up!


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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

This poem was no fun, but it is brilliant. I appreciate the intense brevity of a good poem like this. I know that painting from Picasso's "blue period". It is a good fit.

The guitar player wouldn't be so lonely with a harp player whose Bible is turned to Ecclesiastes.


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks a lot V! Glad you enjoyed it... Cheers!lol


V Qisya 5 years ago

This is awesome, Brian! I loved it!


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Trueshortstories 5 years ago from Canada

Cool!


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks again True.S.S so glad you're stopping by! It's funny you say that... I wrote it right after I got back from Portland's Blues festival. Listened to Buddy Guy rock out on the river!


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Trueshortstories 5 years ago from Canada

Again very creative and well done. This sounds like it would be a good blues song too.


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Haha.. Thanks for the tip. I'll have to put that Whiskey down and grab some scotch and a pipe.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Thanks Brian. I've always found the Psalms are great with a pipe of tobacco and a nice single malt scotch...


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Seek-n-Find... Ya I had a lot of fun with this one. I always try to keep it real.. haha. Appreciate the good words.


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Seek-n-Find 5 years ago from Illinois

Great piece of work--real yet poetic--there is the sadness of what has been yet a hope for what could be. Thank you for sharing! Looking forward to reading more of your hubs!


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks chrisam01! I thought they worked well together too.


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chrisam01 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

I absolutely love this! The proverb, the sketch, the poem are an awesome compliment to the other.


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Yes it does... It kills the pain for a moment, but leads to a lonely illusive end.


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AmaTainted 5 years ago from Texas

the imagery leaves me chilled to the core, helpless and hopeless... the alcohol numbs the pain but not the mind. the anger it scary.


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

bethperry- As a fan of Hank Williams, thanks for the great compliment! The art is a sketched version of a picasso painting.


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bethperry 5 years ago from Tennesee

I love the art work! The poem is nice, too, and kind of reminds me of lyrics to something Hank Williams (senior) could have written :)


JinnyMarte 5 years ago

Oh my! What would the pastor say?! lol We'd be cast away for instigating hahaha... I guess Job is out of the question because fasting and whiskey must not go to well.. Samuel I & II would probably be better, with all the stories of battles about King David and King Saul. I'm pretty sure they celebrated those victories with some liquor alike whiskey. And then maybe you can dance like David danced! Lol


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Jinny! You're an amazing commenter... and each one is oh so appreciated. It's true it grips you tight, but no doubt it leaves you alone and unhappy in the whole scheme of things. HAaha... and yes a glass of wine and Psalms does seem to be a better match. Makes me wonder which chapter goes best with whiskey? haha Job or something? Not that I'm encouraging drinking and Bible reading..haha


JinnyMarte 5 years ago

Whisky and heartache...yup. Been there. It is not easy to look into a matter like this. Specially when the grip is so hard. Sometimes the relief becomes so sweet, but it comes back to sting you each and every time. Like you described, it gets tight around your neck. Thnk you for the openness of this poetry. The honesty of it is refreshing...

(BTW...Psalms would pair better with wine...) ;-)


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LVidoni5 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

hey, thanks a lot. Yeah I did, it's a copy of a picasso painting.


vinsanity 5 years ago

I like this. Did you draw that picture too?

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