I still don’t drink beer until afternoon


said not to

drink beer

until after the noon hour

or I would be





unless I am on a vacation —

then mom said

it’s okay

to have morning drinks

on trips


later in life

a friend asked me

to go

to a few AA meetings



i asked the group

when they used to have

their first drink each day?

Each gave a time

always after

the noon hour



i asked how

they could be

an alcoholic

drink  before noon?

Everyone stared at me

for several minutes

even my friend



could mom

be wrong?



I guess there

was a message

in all that silence

and  all

them AA members

staring at me





be wrong?




Published by Jim Wortham

As a teen, wanted to live from writing poetry. Wrote several books, selling nationally. Hung out with readers throughout the United States. My writing has been on back burner. Now dusting off my desk and have my pen in hand. Hope you enjoy some of what I write.

2 thoughts on “I still don’t drink beer until afternoon

  1. JIm, after reading this, you have to be the man I corresponded with back in 1972. I believe one of the books I had was titled LOVE. The person I wrote to then was a struggling artist and I just knew that he would become something, after all, anyone with talent like his had to be taken seriously. (But what did I know at 12??) Anyway, I’m hoping you are the man I speak of. That man gave me a lot of wisdom and courage. I just finished a 24 hour poetry marathon and had a blast! Please, let’s talk a bit. Look forward to hearing from you! Jan :

    1. Hi Jan, so glad our paths have crossed again. Wow, what a ride this life has been. I think I may be that person. We are now friends on Facebook. Thanks for your very kind message. Have a blessed life.

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