Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, I AM A DRUNKARD, by WILL CHAMBERLAIN



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I AM A DRUNKARD, by            
First Line: I am a drunkard in your court, o god!
Last Line: My soul where feet of loveliness have trod!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Love; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


I am a drunkard in your court, O God!
No, not a drunkard of the gutter's bliss.
But a real drunkard—drunk with loveliness,
Above, below, upon this earthly sod.

I am a drunkard. I have drunk the wine
Of all the beauty you have gathered here—
The smiling of the rose, the lily's tear,
The universal rapture that's divine.

O what a glory thus to be a sot!
O wonder of the prairie, sky and stream!
I am a drunkard—drunken with the dream
Of song that nevermore shall be forgot.

I am a drunkard in your court, O God!
Let me go on forever staggering
From love's drained cups. O let me fling
My soul where feet of loveliness have trod!





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