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a year ago

By Kay HusnickPublished about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - March 2024
Photo by Bobby Donald on Unsplash

That day is burned into my brain.

I get off work, open the door to our apartment, and you slur "hello."

Your face struggles to make a smile. You never quite get there, and your eyes do not make it to mine.

I drop everything. I rush to you, immediately on the floor next to where you sit, holding your face in my hands to keep your focus.

You can't tell me what you drank or how much. There is no cup. There are no empty cans or bottles.

I ask and ask and ask and

finally, you remember the Crown Royal that was almost full in the freezer when I left.

It hasn't been returned to its place, so I keep asking questions, keep trying to decide whether or not you could be safe, keep collecting the information I might need if I have to call for help

until I find the empty bottle somehow under the beanbag chair where you sit.

You sobered up, but you never really got sober.

You never told me how it got so bad.

You never told me a lot of things.

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Kay Husnick

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  • A. J. Schoenfeldabout a month ago

    This makes my heart race in panic. I just want to help...

  • Rebekah Crawleyabout a month ago

    Oh wow I felt this in my heart. Loving someone with a drinking problem is the hardest thing in the world. So much said in such a short piece, well deserved Top Story!

  • Kayleigh Fraser ✨about a month ago

    I’m sorry you experienced this, and I applaud you for sharing ❤️‍🩹 It’s a well written and emotive poem

  • Trishawn Blakeabout a month ago

    Great poem Kay! Also, congrats on your Top Story❤️

  • Navjot Kaur about a month ago

    Congrats on Top Story!!

  • Shaun Waltersabout a month ago

    Amazing and amzingly sad

  • Jeremy Whiteabout a month ago

    Congrats on top story. Good representation of alcoholism.

  • Anna about a month ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳🥳🥳

  • Testabout a month ago

    Wow. Incredible.

  • LASZLO SLEZAKabout a month ago

    This is beautiful work

  • Mohammedamin Jemal about a month ago

    Intriguing title! What does 'Crown' represent for you? Is it about literal crowns, or something more metaphorical?

  • Testabout a month ago

    Awe-inspiring work! Keep up the remarkable effort—congrats!

  • Emma Millerabout a month ago

    very well described https://www.accountantsacademy.in/

  • Bonnie Bowermanabout a month ago

    Very powerful sad images!

  • Caroline Cravenabout a month ago

    This is heartbreaking and so well written.

  • Kodahabout a month ago

    "You sobered up, but you never really got sober." Sometimes it feels like it never ends... 💖 Love your poem! Congrats on top story!! 💖

  • A. Lenaeabout a month ago

    I personally know the anguish of living my own version of this, and that last line is just a truthful dagger. The urgency and desperation in this poetic memory shows every movement in this terrible dance, written so beautifully. There's no way this isn't a real moment of your life, and for that I'm so sorry and I hope writing about it brings healing.

  • Sandra Matosabout a month ago

    This poem is well-written, raw, and haunting. Congrats on your well-deserved Top Story!

  • Silver Serpent Booksabout a month ago

    Man, the sorrow in that last line hurts. I've dealt with people like this in that state and it leaves its mark. Congrats on the Top Story. Beautifully and honestly written.

  • Margaret Brennanabout a month ago

    congratulations on TS. This truly deserves it. I've seen my brother go down that path. It's so sad.

  • Matthew Frommabout a month ago

    damn great piece. sobering in all the possible definitions of the word.

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    I feel the intense anxiety and struggle of emotions. Very impactful piece on addiction

  • Hannah Mooreabout a month ago

    This is so good, I really felt your fear, and then your sadness.

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    The panic your narrator feels is palpable. Excellent choice to use first person. Makes the piece feel personal, immediate, and difficult. Congratulations on TS!

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