Time to Drink the Wine
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posted 04 May 2018 by Krister Axel
I found this poem from last summer, I was in LA and I decided to walk from Downtown all the way to our hotel in Studio City, just like how I used to walk to Montmartre from the Champs-Élyseés at night when I was a kid. I wrote this along the way by talking to my phone.

I took Beverly from 2nd Street
That’s a long way home for tired feet
Couldn’t get myself off the beat
I got these legs to move around

Everything was cold and wet
Looking for a drier bed
I couldn’t remember the words you said
So I made up something better

What is left to hand me down?
Dirty sheets and a broken crown
The motor runs but it makes that sound
Like it’s dying just by working

I couldn’t keep my game-weight down
I had to sell all the things I'd found
Pennies for a dollar-pound
Of shit I can’t replace

But I was lucky to keep my shirt
I ate some shit but it was mostly dirt
If no one’s looking does this even hurt
If I can roll out through the storm

Do I wait for the sun to shine?
Is there ever a better time
Did I learn to love the blues
By knowing someone has to lose?

Maybe nothing else is true
But that it’s time
To drink the wine

About the Author

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Morristown, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist


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