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Short story/Poem: "Were you ever in my Boat?"

Updated on January 8, 2012

Were you ever in my boat?

There was a time I drank like a fish. My boat was sinking very fast and I had to do something very rather rapidly because it only a matter of a short time, I knew I couldn't last. There was no time to be repeating any of those no good wishes, realizing that this water was coming in really quick, and, and I also it was now or never I know I could not let this opportunity past.

I knew it was time to bring out the big guns. So I thought about my father again, needing his spiritual guidance and advice. Man my father! He was a super heavy drinker. Though you may find this strange, I knew for quite sometime that needed to thank him, and this was also my opportunity.

Maybe I went a little further, than even he would have liked. Because he went that way, so that I would not have to. Once he knew there was no gas inside, trust me, I know my father, there is no way he would let me ride that bike. Cause I remember him quite well I can almost hear him saying: Son, do like I say, don’t do like I do!

It would have been real difficult, if I had to learn all about alcohol on my own. Oh yes father I thank you, for all the life lessons you already shown.

I blamed it all on you, those days when I was a kid. But you know about kids , they have nothing better to do. But here I am now , a man, and I am telling you , had I not have those lessons, in the palm of my hands and at my disposal, I will be a grown man yes, but the power of alcohol, would have left me with a rotten proposal!

I was starting to get real thirsty and rather slim, every glass that I drank from was always filled, overflowing at the rim. Where you ever in my boat? Like a fish out of water, and still if anyone tried to stop me, it’s a waste, might as well they didn’t bother.

I knew how my Dad handled it and I knew that I had that experience in my corner. Real quickly I was able to run to that place where I belong, knowing what so many people was now saying, I could no longer be listening to others thinking, they had something on me.

They were accusing me, playing that Alcoholic song. It’s not a life that good, but rather one that’s I knew was wrong, it makes you pretend to not be having any clue, infected with a disease, one if left untreated, recovery would be made increasingly long.

Living in a state of never knowing what best to do. Family and friends thinking that their worst nightmare is coming on through. Smoking cigarettes Just like one, two, three but I was already convinced, that the Most High God, did not designed my nostrils to discard the smoke, acting like some human chimney.

How do you know what’s good for you? Where else can one learn than from those who for us have the most sincere love and care. They are always the ones who truly got our backs, when stimulants and drugs like those , come around for that final time to launch its attack!

Especially parents who have themselves been there and done that!

Were you ever in my Boat?


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    • Silent hurricane profile image

      Silent hurricane 6 years ago from Israel

      This is very beautiful. Wonderful. I'm speechless, sorry. xD

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      Sky9106 6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      you are simply the best. we will straighten this tomorrow.

      bless bro!

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      WD Curry 111 6 years ago from Space Coast

      Funny, I am tired and want to go to bed. I was compelled to come here to check on my brother. Where is the link to WFIT? I wanted him to be able to hear the reggae and what not. He likes it all.

      What a trip. I saw it in blue before. Maybe it will be red this time, I will leave it again and he can hear it when his Faust machine is on.

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      Sky9106 6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Yes poetvix I saw the relativity in thought long before, to be exactly and only what it is.

      This to me , is a line of reasoning for those who truly know what what "it" is, not what it's like.

      And I also admire the ease in which these otherwise difficult gestures comes out with you.

      It only shows that you true intent is already in sight, that place to where you are heading .

      There is nothing whatsoever wrong with being truthful and honest in at least one area of your life.

      Things that is sometimes very difficult to others, because every great one, quickly understands that sharing, is the mother of all giving!

      I prefer to share all of the time, than only give sometimes, when the think takes me and I feel to be nice that day. It doesn't go like that. That's in the make believe world. Well that's the essence of writing.

      I am so glad to know of your results, those that know me always used me as reference to others and it was not because I did bad things because I did not , I personally choose it that way until I felt it was moving faster that me , and I said enough! I did the same thing with meat! The one sure thing that I will tell those that are finding it difficult to control , it's at this time you go ahead and draw the line .

      I could go on forever with any thing truthful. All this is to say I am proud of you and always keep it real.

      Thanks for all your well meant comments and knowledgeable words to all . Give Thanks.


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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Sky, this is so relatable, so honest, so personal in a style that is uniquely your own. I have been in your boat after watching both of my parents do the same. That was a long time ago, thank God. I'm glad I don't live the party lifestyle anymore but I do see the silver lining of that dark time in that I learned a lot they don't teach in school. Of course, I would not recommend anyone learn that way now. God bless you my friend. This is useful, interesting and all around awesome!

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      Sky9106 6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      I use to love the block because of what I bought to it . I am sure you also delivered , when you made your presence felt.

      I feel you digging deeper in your words these day and I know it was not only because of new years. But it's a great sign, hardening of one's character.

      Thanks as always brethren Frank .


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      Sky9106 6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Awesome from my heart I know yours . And you are one extraordinary human being . From reading your hubs , hearing your words and knowing how to relate a person and their likes and dislikes I can tell much about them and you are not finished as yet , excuse me if I take the leverage to say you have only just begun.

      You have been blessed with many special things and you won't know which one I am relating to when I do , but I truly understand a lot in this life, especially when coming to people. That I Can give credit to you for being a great human person, without knowing of your special kindnesses , but I know they exists.

      I never hold back these urges when they come , because I know the place they come from.

      You should have hit me , this computer stays more on than off, I love the written word ,it's too easy from what I have learned over the years , to take back the spoken word. I don't live that way I always mean what I say. I believe more than anything, that was my greatest help in giving up that comforting feelings brought on by alcohol. Too much redundancy associated with the bottle, too much excuses and a reason for them I was drunk.

      I was a great drinker while knowing the repercussions.

      So I missed that session because of you ? What? Why? Next time.Always follow your mind when it's a special .

      Yellow man of cause

      He did quite a few firsts with his style and color.

      check this.


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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      Drank like a fish.. I could never really understand that quote LOL.. but first of all we all have to crawl before we walk.. and that's so true in everything we do.. some people crawl with so much weight.. but they finally walk.. know what I mean.. a great look into a man's memoirs.. good share sky :) Frank from DA BLOCK!

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      WD Curry 111 6 years ago from Space Coast

      Thanks. I know that song. Thanks for the reminder. I know them all, but you don't want to hear me sing them. I was thinking of you this Sunday afternoon when WFIT's reggae show was on. I was sanding a sculpture to the beat. I almost stopped to send you a link. They went way back and played some new stuff, too. Remember Yellow Man? I think he may have started Hip-Hop. You probably know better.

      I like weekend programming the most and listen in my shop. No annoying commercials. The rest of the week, you can hear what the college kids and big donors are into.

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      Sky9106 6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Of course you know I do , especially the way you actually make one think . That why I will answer before looking at the link, so I will take both opportunity to express that I do.

      That's extremely awesome for someone to exercise such great human discipline. That's also the reason I listen to everything that gets close enough for me to hear ,there must be a reason that I am there!

      That was my drink of choice Skky Vodka hence the name.

      But I was a great drinker , what I did was incoperated it with the life I was going with, well the reality was I knew I would not win and . "Dreddy got a job to do "

      Big respect brother Curry!


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      WD Curry 111 6 years ago from Space Coast

      Yes. I have been in that boat. Eventually, I jumped ship.

      My Dad was a fighter pilot. We had a full liquor bar at the house. He never took a sip without another fighter pilot around. It was an example of responsibility that I did not follow. I like to get high. That is why I read Sky9106!

      Hey, brother, if you get bored, dig this. You appreciate my humor.

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      Sky9106 6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Thanks AE and I am even more grateful to know that you understand about what things are, and you are able to see theses things first from a true caring human standpoint and am sure with more knowledge from your background.

      For what I see drugs and alcohol have done to those I know and many that I don't , I fell compelled, to note something and as t came now I obey, later down the road theses are all the things I can build on and continue my life's work.

      It is encouraging children and people in general to see life instead of seeing faults and blames.

      Most would love that their parents be wealthy and they won't care of anything else , instead of what ever parents I came with there is a reason and I am going to find it and say thank you mom and dad going on to find reason for you life and possible kids.

      I can write for hours on any one of the topics that presents themselves to me .

      Sincere thanks to you "AE".


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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Sky, I didn't know my Father, but i was told that he liked his liquor. I can imagine how much worse it would have been if i'd been around him like you described seeing your Father. It is a disease. What's amazing to me, some can drink and never become alcholics, while others can't stop after the first drink. It dosen't make them bad people, they just have a disease. The bad people are the greedy ones, the ones who start wars. I'm glad you stopped riding in that boat..Take care my friend...