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(Originally published by Nattie on December 16, 2003)

poured out
no refills available here
has someone poked holes in my styrofoam
or chipped my porcelain finish
is there a crack in my glass
because i’m empty

someone stuck a straw in me
and syphoned out all of my restorative fuel gone
bit by bit
slurp by slurp
it is all gone
suctioned thoughtlessly
till i am dry
ice cubes rattle
in an empty glass
“hit me again, bartender”
i stare at a wall of empty bottles
everything is spilled out on the floor
a flood of amber liquid
a numbing flood
yet an empty flood
no liquid in a bottle can fill this cracked cup no powder
no pills
no food
no “vice” of any kind
i’ve tried most of them
the others are the same
they will leave you empty
and again
fill me up, please
with something that stays
with something that fulfills
and doesn’t kill
this other stuff is garbage

copyright Natalie Rose York

Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.–John 4:13-14
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.–John 10:10

***disclaimer: I don’t want any family members or friends to freak out. Repeat after me-—”artistic license!” :o)***
Copyright Natalie Rose York

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