READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, May 20

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This week’s poem, called Life in a Glass, is by Elizabeth Kemp.

Your life is there within the glass

You say this drink will be your last

It’s got a hold that’s hard to break

The tears it brings, the life you forsake

You wrap your hands around the glass

You should have guessed that life would pass

It builds you up and makes you feel good

Then destroys your world because it could

The more you drink the better you feel

This life you live is not for real

You like to think you’re in control

But like a fish your in a shoal

There’s only one way this path you ride

Pain and tears you try to hide

The demon drink and all it will do

You deserve better, you know it’s true

Walk away while there’s some in your glass

Get your life back, forget the past

Let go of the grip before its to late

Don’t let your life be down to fate

The lives it destroys as it gets a hold

It gathers pace, brings more to the fold

What starts as fun soon becomes to late

It’s got what it wanted, then closed the gate

Once behind you are in its grasp

The fight is on , and long it will last

It’s a fight you can win if only you stay strong

This trap you’re in you know is wrong

So let this drink be your last

Don’t let your life be set and cast

Move away from the glass and the demon within

And you will see this battle you can win.

You’ll need to be strong to win this battle

Don’t fall for its trap and be herded like cattle

Just do this thing one day at a time

And you will see how your life will shine.

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