A Hangover and Its Cure
by John WhitworthLast night you drank a bit, more than a bit.
Your head this morning’s living proof of it.
Your eyes won’t focus, which is just as well.
Do you wish to see how close you are to Hell?
The whisky and the wine slipped by like silk
But now, by God, you wish you’d stuck to milk,
When what went down so smooth comes up so vile:
Your brain in shock, your mouth a pit of bile,
Your eyes gummed shut. That’s good, my chickadee.
You feel, you smell, do you really want to see
The missing tooth, the swellings on your face,
The horrid signs of how you trashed the place,
Splinters of glass to mark the final fall,
Long stalactites of vomit on the wall,
Puddles of nameless oozings by the bed?
Of course you don’t. Much better to be dead,
To cease upon the midnight with no pain,
And never look at alcohol again.
Still, stiffen up and get a load of this:
Your remedy for evenings on the piss,
The genuine Prairie Oyster — guaranteed
To succour drunkards in their hour of need:
Take olive oil, tomato juice, tabasco,
Lemon juice, Worcester sauce. Fill up your glass (go
Easy on the salt and pepper), pop
One yolk of egg unbroken on the top
And drink it off just so, with lots of water.
Zowie! Shazam! Go kiss your wife and daughter,
Pack up your briefcase, get yourself to work
And next time… next time don’t be such a jerk.
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