A Sobering VisionThe lights flicker off.
Deep growls fill the air in a malevolent choir.
Down my throat, running through my veins, I feel the warmth of fire.
My demons claw at me, starved from the flesh that they crave.
Dark shadows dance along the walls like flames.
Can nobody save me?
I suffocate in this darkness and I feel Death's presence.
My body tingles as he takes my life essence.
"Please, stop!", I cry.
"Are you not ready to die?"
His voice is the echo of many familiar voices that send chills rolling down my spine.
His thin, cold fingers press against my forehead - memories overtake my mind.
Tears well up in my eyes like floodwaters rising.
I see my life, my family and the people I love.
"What am I doing?", I wonder aloud.
Death silently disappears into the crowd.
"Take me back! I don't want this!", I angrily shout.
"Then why do you not put the bottle down?"
The lights turn back on, illuminating the bar room.
I stare at my teary eyed reflection on the brown glass.
I stand and watch th