And damned did we both know it wouldn’t be
Him, not for much longer. And that last time
He was in the hospital I made him
A promise that I would find a crew and
Get the boat working. And I knew that the
First step was to find my daughter again.
My ex-wife wanted me to be able
To say that I had been sober for a
Year before I could see my daughter but
Only if she wanted to meet with me
Again. Because, my wife said, drinking had
Made me mean and our daughter suffered at
My hands. But when you’ve spent years on the street,
Failure is always one cheap pint away.