Diamond- How Drunk Are You Tonight, Dad?

Diamond- How Drunk Are You Tonight, Dad?

A Poem by Jack Diamond

a true poem about my father


How drunk are you tonight dad?


Drunk enough to fight?


Are you drunk enough to hit mommy?


Or passed out for the night


When you're sober, do you love me?


It's too cloudy


I can't see


Your speech is slurred and vision hazy


What have I done?


Why are you so crazy?


You leave me alone


Only when I don't want you to


When daddy gets drunk, and hates him,


What's a ten-year-old to do?


Come on dad.


Let's see what I've got


Now that you're done with mommy


She is bruised quite a lot


Come after me now, I'll beat you if I'm able


Punches thrown and curses shouted


I fall and break the coffee table


What happened to you?


You say you love us


Is it true?


1,400 miles


You WALKED to Minnesota just to see me in 1990


But now you're cold and heartless


How can this be?


Could it be the beer or coke?


Or possibly the weed you smoke?


How did the warmth and love go away?


Now you hate yourself more than us


Thank God you didn't stay


How drunk are you tonight dad?


It's really very sad


How drunk are you tonight dad?




...I made you mad


Stand me in a corner


Beat me with a belt


Scream at me and cut me down


Cause my self esteem to melt




I'm sober tonight dad


I'm nothing like you


I don't scream at my girlfriend


I will never beat my kids


Your grandchildren will never need,


To write poems like this


You're just a sad old man now


Broken down and lonely


Too bad you had to push away,


The son who was your only


I'll never call you "dad" again


You can bank on that, it's true


Too bad you had to raise a son


Who can't bear to think of you


This family has forgotten you


Our affections are to cease


Danny Lamar Gilbert


May you rest in peace


I'll never know the why


But this poem is the how


And yet, still I wonder


Do you love me now?

© 2008 Jack Diamond

Author's Note

Jack Diamond
I really hope this one does well. it's about as close to the heart as I'm going to get

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wow great flow with the rhyming, it gave it a good pace and made it really easy to read. It kinda read itself to me. And there was so much feeling in this, I could hear every word speaking out to me.

Posted 9 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

So sad, but well written. I like the part were you state how you'll never be like him...many people can say this but it takes a person with heart to mean it, to dust off that heart and learn from his mistakes.

Great job...i loved it!

Posted 10 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

It's amazing what people write... and this one is no different from all the other heart bleedings all over the net. Rhyme, rhythm all perfect... Just so sorry that this has to happen to so amny people all over the world. =(

Posted 10 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Added on May 30, 2008


Jack Diamond
Jack Diamond

McGregor, MN

If you're reading my writing then let me say thanks you. you are now on my good graces thus making you "cool". I am sorry to say but I am really only interested in rythmic poetry, if You write free ve.. more..