Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, R-E-M-O-R-S-E, by GEORGE ADE



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R-E-M-O-R-S-E, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The cocktail is a pleasant drink
Last Line: The cold, grey dawn of the morning after.
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


The cocktail is a pleasant drink,
It's mild and harmless, I don't think.
When you've had one, you call for two,
And then you don't care what you do.
Last night I hoisted twenty-three
Of these arrangements into me;
My wealth increased, I swelled with pride;
I was pickled, primed and ossified.
R-E-M-O-R-S-E!
Those dry martinis did the work for me;
Last night at twelve I felt immense;
To-day I feel like thirty cents.
At four I sought my whirling bed,
At eight I woke with such a head!
It is no time for mirth or laughter—
The cold, grey dawn of the morning after.

If ever I want to sign the pledge,
It's the morning after I've had an edge;
When I've been full of the oil of joy
And fancied I was a sporty boy.
This world was one kaleidoscope
Of purple bliss, transcendent hope.
But now I'm feeling mighty blue—
Three cheers for the W. C. T. U.!
R-E-M-O-R-S-E!
The water wagon is the place for me;
I think that somewhere in the game,
I wept and told my maiden name.
My eyes are bleared, my coppers hot;
I try to eat, but I can not;
It is no time for mirth or laughter—
The cold, grey dawn of the morning after.





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