Drunk with Life

I am drunk with life.
I stumble forward, reeling
And staggering
Unable to get my balance
Unable to think coherently.
I have swallowed too much
Too quickly,
And my head reels with
The Intoxication.
I swallowed Life with one gulp
And added Love for a chaser.
Now I stagger about
Unable to work, unable to act
I’ll stumble about falling
And fawning, shouting inarticulate
Words and phrases
Until Death makes me sober.

Vancouver, B.C. — March, 1960

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