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Uncle Marion
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By Quentin Clingerman
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Uncle Marion

He was a tall man
A slender man
A handsome man
Except when he drank
He was an alcoholic

He was a generous man
A kind man
A hard working man
Except when he drank
He was an alcoholic

He neglected his wife
He neglected his children
He neglected himself
Because he drank
Because he was an alcoholic

Died at fortysix years of age
A wasted life of an otherwise okay guy
Died of overexposure to the elements
Because he drank
Because he was an alcoholic

At one point he had stopped
But said he still liked a beer or two
Of course, that never was enough
Because he drank
Because he was an alcoholic


Uncle Marion (c)2002 Quentin Clingerman


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Submitted: Friday, December 20, 2002

Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2012

About the Poet
I am a retired educator. Now 85 years of age. I live in Maryland. I am the father of three ladies and thirteen grandchildren. Four grandchildren now married. I have two great grandsons, Koi Jon and Quinn Manu and a great granddaughter,Sephira Jade. Poems are an expression of how I think and feel. Variety in either case! I am the founder of WordChimes.com WC originated in February, 2000.


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