Momma went out for a Bottle of Gin

Momma went out for a Bottle of Gin

A Chapter by Ana Papaya
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my momma went out for a bottle of gin 
and she never ever came back 
sometimes I wonder just how far she went 
and where my momma is at 
papa’s been hanging ‘round the billiards these days 
drinking beer straight from a glass 
he’s been aiming to find a new woman of the house 
so he’s ditched the beer bottle for class 
my brother Jimmy went and joined the army 
so he ain’t around much no more 
then there is me on my own now you see 
until there came a knock at the door 
a preacher came calling with a promise to me 
that for a dollar my life could be saved 
so I gave him some coins then asked if I could 
offer him up a little trade 
I’m fine on my own I seem to always get by 
it’s my Momma needs saving, not me 
she went out one day I fear she’s lost her way 
do you think god can find her sir, please 
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© 2020 Ana Papaya


Author's Note

Ana Papaya
I feel like I should add that this is fiction. My parents are just fine and they always come back and they're awesome. And i don't have a brother named jimmy

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so many of your poems I have missed when first posted, feels like the first word I should say is "sorry" and then do that hand butt thing to the forehead... I enjoy reading your creations Ana, they allow us to think and feel and confront in art some of life's hardships with out preaching at you (or giving out dollars... lol)

art, really good art is like this, and you Ana have a finely tuned pen...

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

11 Months Ago

Thank you, Curt. :)
I always appreciate the nice comments.
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I love your story in a poem, so true to many lives, becuz this is not expressed with blame or vengeance. Life is what it is in your poem, as bad as some people might read this kind of life to be . . . lots of people come from similarly fractured beginnings. So I love that you treat this topic matter-of-factly, not dramatically. Great details to paint your story vividly (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 5 Months Ago


Thou shall be saved, well at least dollars worth of saving.
I like dads attitude. She's away I'll just replace her.
Jimmy obviously thought to himself, stuff this I'm joining the army.
Where is mummy, Ana, the world needs to know.

Posted 6 Months Ago


I was a little concerned this was relating to you, but whatever, it does, unfortunately, relate to many folks out there where marriage breakdowns have become an everyday occurrence.
Another good write AP
UR 'The Man'

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

11 Months Ago

Lol! Thx. :) I'm the man!
Yes, it is a sad truth for many. I'm glad it's not mine.
Ana Papaya

11 Months Ago

Lol! Thx. :) I'm the man!
Yes, it is a sad truth for many. I'm glad it's not mine.
so many of your poems I have missed when first posted, feels like the first word I should say is "sorry" and then do that hand butt thing to the forehead... I enjoy reading your creations Ana, they allow us to think and feel and confront in art some of life's hardships with out preaching at you (or giving out dollars... lol)

art, really good art is like this, and you Ana have a finely tuned pen...

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

11 Months Ago

Thank you, Curt. :)
I always appreciate the nice comments.
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Did he ask for another dollar?

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

11 Months Ago

Ha! Maybe. Might be a different rate for adults.
:)
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BBP
Really, really liked reading this one! Reminds me of a Hank Williams III song. He does country but with a punky kind of swagger, I could see him singing this one.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

4 Years Ago

Thanks Bev. :)
I'll have check him out. I'm intrigued. Country with a punky kind of swagg.. read more
BBP

4 Years Ago

It is indeed ... Every Hank got better than his daddy ! Lol

You'll like it I can almo.. read more
I've read through many of your poems in this collection and most seem to express too much hurt. I like how this one translates that hurt into hope at the end.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

4 Years Ago

roadpoet, thank you. i really appreciate you reading through some of mine and for leaving me commen.. read more
RoadPoet

4 Years Ago

I'll read more later. I like how you write. Each poem is so intense.
Superb storytelling and brilliantly crafted. This reminded me of the song flightless bird for some reason.
I like this a lot Bella. R xo

Posted 4 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

4 Years Ago

thanks a bunch Ray!
You're able to convey with a rustic sort of tone or edge. It is something I am sure many find admirable. It is neat & makes one feel closer to the natural world. Very warming in its own way.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

4 Years Ago

Thx T. Very simple thoughts. Rustic is a nice word.
PhoenixDown

4 Years Ago

The best kind of writing, no matter the aesthetics should produce such thoughts. Clarity is king.read more
A beautiful thought from a beautiful heart, to want help more for others than you do for yourself. I think we could learn a valuable lesson from these words Ana, if we weren't all distracted by the latest shiny shiny, who's only purpose seems to keep us distracted.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Ana Papaya

4 Years Ago

Thanks a whole bunch Nemo!

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