A strange and Expensive Youth – Eduard Dantes

We smoked so much;
Like men without lungs
With no hearts, veins
Or capillaries.

We puffed on that pipe
More than the multicoloured caterpillar
And saw more than a crazed hat maker ever did
When his vision was clouded in smoke
And endless cups of tea.

We drank so much more
Than Irish pirates
Locked up in the Guinness factory.

We drank as though
We were whales
Searching for the deepest part of the sea
To have a quick nap.

We did all this
Without considering what
A lack of oxygen
Would do to our minds.

We did it all and
Made the decisions that came hand in hand.

Now I wonder if we know
That age is a
Truly dear price
For wisdom.


his name rhymes with ‘mince’. He’s rarely without a notebook and can usually be found next to the closest bottle of red wine. Previously a writer for The Roehampton Lane Journal.

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