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“In Isolation (Drinking Too Much Again)” After Dinah Washington’s ‘Drinking Again’ by Alisha Escobedo

I’m drinking too much again.
I don’t get blitzed, but every sunset is a new bottle.
Who am I kidding? The caps are torn loose before
the sun meets the horizon.

“I’m having a few and wishing that you were here…”

From my balcony, I hear I’m not
the only one. There’s a party in the yard
to the right. I wonder how many bottles before
they forget to stay six feet apart.

“Yes, I’m being a fool, just hoping that you’ll appear…”

I’m drinking too much again.
I’m on the fritz with the shift of this new world.
The silence clamors and nothing aligns except
the sun still meets the horizon.

“And ain’t got nothing but a memory…”

From my balcony, I hear I’m not
the only one. There’s a party in the apartment
to the left. I wonder how many bottles before
they forget to stay six feet apart.

“I know you heard me the first time…”

I’m drinking too much again.

Alisha Escobedo (she/her/hers) received her MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. Her work explores themes of queer womanhood, generational trauma, and addiction, and can be found in The Acentos Review, The Los Angeles Press, and Desolate Country: We the Poets, United, Against Trump. She sporadically posts/deletes photos to/from her IG @ayescobe.

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