Poetry by Jim Nasium

Face Down On The Floor

Some people have to wake up face down on the floor time after time before they learn that no one can make a change in their life but them. Some folks learn way too late that they can be in control of their life and any situation, but at least they finally do learn. In this poem I will write as if I am this guy I know, and I'll use him for an example of what I mean...

When I woke up this morning
I was happy to be alive
laying face down on the dirty floor
of some sleazy back street dive
cock roaches walked right over me
no one seemed to care I was there
then it suddenly dawn on me
I do not belong here

I gathered together all my strength
tried to get up on my feet
my head was spinning my belly hurt
I had a craving for something sweet
no one said a word as I made my way
from the back corner right out the door
I've made my mind up once and for all
I ain't going back there no more...

When I woke up this morning
the first day of the rest of my life
I was happy to still be alive
tired of dealing with all the strife
I know that it's all up to me
to make changes for the best
I remember going there last night
but I can't remember any of the rest...

I made my way home and went to bed
woke up and decided to shower
the hot water felt so damn good
I stayed in there for an hour
said some prayers while I was wet
asked for strength to change for the best
I feel better now that plans were made
and all my sins have been confessed

When I woke up this morning
I was sick and didn't feel right
for the life of me no matter how hard I try
I can't remember any thing about last night
but now I feel so different
I have finally taken control
I feel that I can beat this
all the way down in my soul

I made my way to the kitchen
cooked my self something hot to eat
this was the first day of the rest of my life
and I was ready to face defeat
I made my mind up to do my best
fight as hard as I could fight
and even if I it kills me
I'm going to stay sober tonight.
©2002 Jim Nasium

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