perhaps i should preface this

by saying this is not a sobriety poem

.

i didn’t decide to stop drinking

because i hit rock bottom

i decided to quit drinking

because i am headed for the top

.

i’ve never woken up beneath an

underpass raped with no memory

or panties

.

never had a dui from a Christmas party

gone wild

.

my liver isn’t about to change its name

to Larry Hagman

.

i decided to quit drinking

to break the family curse

to honor my father and friends

.

i am attending AA meetings

to model good behavior

for my children

.