Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2010

Drink is a poison

by Lisa Tyrrell

You may be beautiful, funny or kind,
But once drink controls you, you will lose your mind,
It will make you paranoid, angry and sad,
You will lose your charisma and eventually go mad

Your eyes will be dim and your heart will be low,
Your skin will be bad and you'll lose your natural glow,
You may think drink calms you and eases your mind,
But it increases your pain until your eventually blind

It will make you think negative and not see the truth,
It will make you feel cowardly and you'll lose your youth,
It will give you a beer belly and make you age fast,
And all happy memories will be left in the past

It will cover you like a poison and control all that you do,
It will make you hurt loved ones and forget the real you,
So next time you fall for it, sit down and think,
Because life should be loved not led by a drink.

Added: 23.01.2010

Judges' comments on this poem


Effective tone but a strict metre would make the poem even leaner.