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Chivs86 Poetry - Xmas Eve in the Drunk Tank

Updated on August 4, 2013

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Xmas Eve in the Drunk Tank


T'was Christmas Eve i
n the drunk tank.
Facing up to the consequence
of all that I done drank.

From what started out
as a silly dumb prank,
became
a night and a day,
with my head sunk in shame.

As I sat starving,
thirsty and depraved.
Beaten up and bruised
by the screws in a scrape.

Locked up in a cage,
a squalid place with stains.
Like what a way
to ruin a perfect holiday.

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Inmate,
I'm not saying its cool,
of course it ain't.
It weren't funny
how they saw me urinate,
On my way back to the hotel
where i stayed,
How they put me on the floor
and pulled away.
By my legs,
right after I just
banged my head.
On holiday,
and already under arrest.

They captured me faint,
half dead
and in no fit state.

With no thoughts to complaints,
that I might make.
with no human rights
to violate.
In this violent place
Ukraine
Here nothing alike the U.k

Where doing this sort of things OK.
In the sense at least
that I woudn't get beaten.
Up, by the police.
For such a stupid, minor thing.

So next trip, my decision is
Either to stay put,
or don't go out for a drink.

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Original Idea/ Inspiration.

The story behind this poem 'Xmas Eve in the Drunk Tank', well of how I came up with concept anyway is a funny one. I was over my mothers place and on the side was a piece of paper with this poems title and it was a concept that stuck out, because recently before I had read an article about the dangers of football fans at Euro 2012, getting drunk and arrested.

The title was according to my mother a line out of the song 'Fairytale of New York' by 'the Pogues'. I wasn't really aware of this when I wrote the poem and I mean It didn't really make any difference at all, I'd finished it before I knew but, I suppose I would still have to count it as the inspiration. The subject matter though on the other hand; i'd have to it's about police brutality to a foreign tourist who they find drunk. Maybe a bit of an over exaggeration of what things are really like but, none the less, worthy of the content I was looking for.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fairytale-New-York-7-VINYL/dp/B000CFX6HM/ref=sr_1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1327601466&sr=1-3

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