2021-2022, Poem, Writing

(DON’T) DRINK AND DRIVE

(DON'T) DRINK AND DRIVE
Gabby McNally, '24

you wash away your daddy’s wrath,
watch it spiral down the drain
you wash away your mommy’s drink
watch her drink it down for pain

when said and done, you’re all alone
then you get in daddy’s car
he drives at top speed ‘till he screams
this isn’t who you are

when said and done, you’re all alone
but mommy said you will go far
but you can’t go far when you’re so different
this isn’t who you are

then you scream at daddy some,
you think he’ll wring your neck
‘till you're dead and cold, out in the yard
without you, he’ll be a wreck

you watch her stumble, fall again
then you pick your mommy up
you watch her stumble, fall again
but she stands to fill her cup

daddy can’t wash away anger
if he don’t want family anymore,
and mommy, she still holds her booze
so you’ll have to kick in a door

punch it, kick it, do something
life, from it, you’ll gain
one day you kid will scrub her skin
and watch it spiral down the drain.