"Istanbul Night Out," by S. Tunnicliff.

Alcohol – loving dependable partner or treacherous mistress of the night?

in Philosophies/Poetry

Editor’s note: In this poem that grabbed me right away when he performed it at the latest open mic at Poniatowski, Stewart Tunnicliff describes the personalities and feel of the many kinds of booze he’s romanced (or at least hung out intensely with).

Poison?

Tequila, my scantly-clad fuck-buddy. My one-night stand, roll between the sheets, bottoms-up, down-in-one kinda gal.

Hey beer on tap, my let’s hit the town and get shit-faced, out of our tree. Paint the town red. Hell no, you’re my wing man. Let’s paint that fecker all the colors of the rainbow. Fuck it!

Hi babe, beer in a bottle. What an affair, unfaithful mistress. Leave it in the park, on the street, in the sleazy hotel room. Discarded like used condoms.

Cognac, my night in, by the fire, on the rug, snuggled up with a good set of poems and pleasant thoughts. Watching the world go by in autumn. Leaves left like a rug at the door, us laid at the foot of the hearth.

Whisky, my pipe and sleepers man, with a good book. A hefty one, a winter read. Musing on good threads, themes, and great narratives. Our hiStories played out in the dimming twilight.

Vodka, how is it going? My up-all-night, let’s have a fight. Rough and tumble of a never-resolved argument.

Bourbon, my buddy. My come-out to play now and again. Have a good old time, great Craic. But not heard from you in ages.

Rum, my sipper. My sting on the lips to be kissed off, to be licked off, to be passionately embraced with.

Gin, my only if I am desperate. A late-night call in the wee hours. A quick come by and console me for a bit.

Coming from a theatre and performance background, and being a celluloid aficionado, it only seemed right that Stewart aka theLingoGuy pursued this through his other passion of writing. He is also very excited by the theatre and documentary scene developing locally, particularly English Theatre Leipzig, DOK and GlobalLE. However, he keeps an eye on the ground breaking stuff in the Fringe, Slam poetry, Battle Rap and the many fusion genre TV series and films. As you can see, you can expect a diverse palette of stage and screen choices, as well as other passions that he will paint from with his words.

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