Saturday, June 23, 2007

The Street With No Secrets

Every Saturday, Sandy and Ruthy and Barby knock on your door at exactly 6.35pm

They know it takes 25 minutes to walk to your AA meetings… and that you can’t stand to be late

You hate walking in when everyone’s already seated

You hate the sight of their collective pride… you made it to yet another meeting

You hate sitting with these people who act like you’re all in the same boat… like they understand

You hate the fact that you bare your soul here twice a week but find no absolution

You hate the fact that you feel like your time is running out


At 9pm on the dot, Sandy and Ruthy and Barby are right at the door to walk you home

You hate their incessant chatter especially when you’re nearing Jerry’s Bar

… you’re not going to touch another drink dammit

You hate how everybody acts like you’re gonna catch something if you’re in the same room as a bottle of anything…


Well sometimes you do wish you could just take another whiff of a rum and coke

… imbibe the temporary amnesia in a bottle of Mobarts beer

Perhaps just one sip of Jack Daniels would help drown out the voices…


The Baileys doesn’t judge you…

It just sits there… chilled and creamy and ready to be consumed

It doesn’t remind you that you’ve gone through another holiday alone

It doesn’t inform you that Bertha down the street has married that young fine engineer Adam and is pregnant with their first baby

The Baileys doesn’t give you grief cos you’ve postponed all your dreams as you aren’t sure what they are anymore

It just sits there… chilled and creamy and half consumed

It understands that sometimes a glass isn’t enough… and neither is two

It just gives and gives and gives…

Your mind stops being so dark and cold… familiar shadows start creeping in

Everything starts feeling a little better

The uglies start looking pretty

It just sits there… chilled and creamy and consumed

Then the numbness sets in and you blindly stumble home cos you know you’ve failed

… AGAIN…

It’s so hard living here on the street with no secrets

The street where everybody knows your name

The street where everybody knows your game

{For my big sister… it’s the first thing I wrote to the very end}

34 comments:

laspapi said...

I love this, Storm. You can write with the world's best.

Anonymous said...

Wow...

Justme said...

my laziness wont let me write like this.......

temmy tayo said...

You are amazing. Great post.

Confused Naija Girl said...

great post ! even though I dont quite get it. Its dedicated to your friend who is an alcoholic.

SET said...

COSIGNING THE OTHER COMMENTS. YOU WRITE VERY WELL.

Tayo said...

WOW ... Brilliant Write-up. Musings of a mind with many thoughts. Hmmmmm ... Baileys is tempting, really, it's a good guest while it stays with you but it leaves you worse that when it first met you. Nice Write-up, again.

~Mimi~ said...

that was nice!!

Omolola said...

u sure can write.lurvv ur blogg!!!

catwalq said...

Amazing.
But u gotta let the baileys go, it will give and give and give and then u won't be able to give to yourself or take from any one better

36 INCHES OF BROWN LEGS said...

Speechless....

o.šeyï said...

O wow. that was REALLY GOOD! I really started believing you'd been there with the subject in the poem. Love it. :D

Uzo said...

You are growing to be a phenomenal writer young woman...keep it up...

Nyemoni said...

Lovely write up ONB!

Naija Vixen said...

Wow...another great post...

Vickii said...

This is amazing ONB ... you are a great writer but what I admire the most about your writing is your ability to put yourself in other people's shoes and write as if you yourself have experienced it!

My 2 cents said...

waoh! ONB, why does this hit home?

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

Thanks papi... you think too much of me though...

@Anonymous: I honestly dont know how to reply that one... so I guess I’ll just do a ‘wow’ back... lol

@Justme: ngwa stop being lazy... its been a long time my darlin... how are you and hows the job...

@temmytayo: Thanks babe... love you back

@Confused Naija Girl: I don’t have a friend who’s an alcoholic... to be honest with you I wanted to write a post about me but I kinda didn’t really want to... so I just started inventing problems and wrote something about it (don’t worry i’m not an alcoholic either... but there’s a little something of me in that post... just a sentence or two... i guess it’s just one of those things you read as you see it...) lol sorry i suck at explaining stuff...

@Set: Thanks my darling... how you doing miss fashionista?

@Tayo: lol@musing of a mind with many thoughts... you got that right... sometimes its more than the baileys though...

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Mimi: thanks darling...

@Omolola: awww... thanks babe.... you’re such a sweetheart

@catwalq: Exactly! you see why i like you.... despite your concentrated kponkiousness... you are a smart babe... lol

@36 inches: my darlin... how are you?

@0.seyi: thanks babe... i’m glad you do... i guess you’re new to blogsville cos i dont recall ever seeing ur blog name... i’ll check you out sometime soon

@Uzo: high praise from you mami... it means a lot... I appreciate it...

@Nyemoni: thanks my angel... what have you been up to? you have been scarce for a little while now....

@Naija Vixen: Thanks my love... i’m glad you like it

@Vickii: I feel the exact same way about you and your writing... hope your summers going great so far

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@my 2 cents: does it...

My 2 cents said...

@ONB,
Sweets, it might not be over a drinking problem but your writing metamorpises into a lot of things...
Suffice is to say, it touches some aspect of my life right now. Good one though!!

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@My 2 cents aka Naija Fashionista: I know exactly what you’re talking about... cos some part of me is in that writeup... i had things that i wanted to say... but either couldn’t or wouldn’t... so i told the story of somebody else who has just a little bit of me(about 2%... but that part matters)... i guess it’s about dealing with problems... the things you want to do... the things you can and can’t do... the things people expect you to do... the list goes on... i’m glad you understand.

My 2 cents said...

@ONB,
Nne m,Thanx for the shoutout, I'm in the process of casting models for a photoshoot... I could do a lot with those legs you know, put you in some louboutins or guiseppes. what's your preference?
I'll put my models on my blog when it's done.
Let a sista know when you're in the northeast and I'll hook it up..

~Mimi~ said...

he he he, overwhelmed I am back. I recall you said in one post that you will post an after picture of your 6 pack :D soooo...is 6 weeks not up yet??

am sure that post was lik in april or may LAWLIN!

no pressure babes.

Simply Gorgeous said...

Overwhelmed you never cease to amaze me....

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LondonBuki said...

You are a talented writer sweetie...

Have a beautiful week.

Naija Vixen said...

Lol @ Mimi---but yes oh,we want to see "after" pics...;-)

Omosewa said...

This is nice, very nice. Nne, you sef need to update o, lol.

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@My 2 cents: u know i love you. oh wow... the photoshoot sounds incredibly fun... lol... i never reach those levels oh my dear... but in my dreamworld i’d wear louboutins every single day (we can all dream right) i cant wait to see how the shoot turns out... whats the theme?

@Mimi: lol... i slacked off with the walks... switched to tae bo... and slacked off a little as well... my belly button ring migrated cos i went swimming when i wasn’t supposed to... so i’m pissed as hell... maybe i’m a sucker for pain cos i’m actually thinking of getting it done for the 3rd time... i dont know that theres any improvements(hopefully i havent even gained some weight) but i’ll put it up when i have a minute for your sake... lol

@Simply Gorgeous: thanks my darling... how you doing?

@Blogville Idols: i will drop by in a minute.. keep doing ur thing pink satin and opeke... we all love it

@Naija Vixen: lol... not you too!

@Omosewa: Lady me i just put up that post yesterday or so... so i dont even want to hear anything from you about update... u havent written anything on ur blog since june 13 or 15... lets tackle ur own issue first... lol... how u enjoyin the summer mami?

butterfliesandstars said...

wow!!!(my "wow" sucks cuz anonymous has done it already *sulk*). read this on sunday but was too lazy to comment...

i'm back (kinda)...my spirit is bored so writing has lost me...soon

love u.

butterfliesandstars said...

plus...louboutins baby...soon enough...

My 2 cents said...

@ONB,
Theme is obscure right now, photoshoot is for a couture line. I'm directing and dressing about 10 models.

ablackjamesbond said...

Amazing.