Thursday, August 7, 2014

Homemade Moonshine

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"We are here and it is now.  Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine."
~ H. L. Mencken

Like a ringing phone at 2 am
white lightning has a certain kick
it grabs you at the gut
and then hits ya with a brick.

It holds the utter power
to make yer troubles run
it woos them with a sigh
and then shoots em with a gun.

The only trouble with the liquor
is it aint got a lick of aim
it makes a lotta noise
but troubles live on just the same.

So if ya got a heartache
that won't just leave ya be
forget the drink and jug
just stay sober and have green tea.

linking with Poetry Jam and the "Homemade" prompt.


  1. You made me smile, Carrie. And I learnt a new expression. I had no idea what 'white lightening' was. Apparently it is not for the faint-hearted.

  2. Yes, green tea definitely sounds like the better solution. Hey, so glad always to see you at Poetry Jam!

  3. This is awesome writing! Good advice is often best received with a touch of levity and you've done that beautifully here (while not watering down your underlining message). Plus, it is easy to just miss the mark with a rhymed form, but your rhyming is wonderfully wordsmithed. (And I do love rhyme, done well.) You hit the ball out of the park with this one.

  4. I like green tea and I like your poem .... smiles

  5. I do enjoy green tea too! I really like this image as well.

  6. Green tea looks good ~ I agree with you, smiles ~

  7. And the morning after will look brighter! too! Very nicely done!

  8. yikes. i have some bad memories of white lightning...
    i suggest turning away....quickly....

  9. interesting rhyming scheme, luv the wit. Thanks for stopping over at my blog

    much love...

  10. Loved it! The only thing missing is the guitar chords! Cool poem!

  11. you can't beat green tea, always the best option.

  12. really great poem, i love the quick flow and how much truth it holds to real life.

    stacy lynn mar

  13. What a great poem. And so, so true! I'm a tea person so I can only agree ;) Even though it's a serious subject the way you worded it made me smile. I really like this poem.

  14. I brew home made Kombucha tea (non alcoholic and it helps digestion and keeps swelling down in my feet and legs. Green tea is good too and I loved your poem and lets drink our tea when the Moon shines !

  15. As drinker of green tea, all I can say is "Hallelujah, sister!". Loved it, Carrie!


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