[Poetry] Sober Lips by Lisa Demb

Laying in a hospital bed

An old friend talking shit

Saying it with dirty lips,

I wasn’t finished being lit..

The memory of thirty years

Past and pissed;

A doctor admitted (consoling)

He’d kissed his kids with sober lips—

I wish I’d listened to his tips.

He convinced me he’d REALLY been there

And now he lived without a care.


Lisa Demb

Street Sheet Vendor