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To Lose The Battle of the Booze

Frank E Gibbard

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Frank E Gibbard

"Are you having your usual err ... short, Monsieur?"

Toulouse-Lautrec winced at this slur. Mon dieu!

He had need of drink, this could make him weep,

Accorded an encore of disrespect from a bar-keep

Another verbal épée sideswipe at his stunted body

No fault of his, was sous contempt, unwitty, shoddy.

"Merde!" he muttered tossing over the few francs due

For the one shot he tossed back. "Monsieur, adieu!

A so bald statement by a very insignificant bald man,

An artist can grow in his stature more than you can."

The spirit warmed, he left his rude ami there to ponder

This riposte. With absinthe introduced heart feels fonder.

That green deadly brew made him higher than his height

And laid him sometime low but would aid him on the night.

Jour hours away the short ill man's long defiance of "booze"

He'd pursue, as pleaded by his maman, mais tousjours lose.


(alcoholism brought Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's death at age 37 but he left a treasure of thousands of canvasses worth fortunes)

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Brings back memories of the atmospheric 1952 Mel Ferrer 'biopic' film Moulin Rouge. Draws one to also contemplate the fate of so many creative people who have produced their best work, via (often self induced) tortured realities. B.

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Alcoholism, is it? You seem to be bearing up, a few good years past 37 ... :wub:

Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim

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