"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Monday, 20 August 2012

The Song of the Lonely Drinker

I've had just enough time to...   drink alone

Taken while sitting outside a pub in Kuching with the moon and others for company

I’m a lonely drinker
Making toasts to myself
And the ghost across the table

The ghost nods with its glass
Empty it in silent acknowledgement
And no advice for me

Nor do I have need of any, for
In the company of sympathetic ghosts
Who needs noise and companions?

Drinking is best done alone
Drinking is best done alone
In one’s own company

Loneliness flavored the wine unlike any
It is silly to drink to be happy
Silly to try to drown anything
The only reason to drink is to make -
Loneliness a pleasant company


  1. A 1000 Reasons
    One night I ended up in a pub opposite my hotel in Kuching, Sarawak. More often than not, if I am alone; I will end up with a book in my room. But I’m with company and more often than not, they will head to the nearest bar and have a few drinks. We sat outside under a moon that was going through a partial eclipse and I liked that. Drinks, small talks, snacks, more drinks, more small talks. Not my favourite way to pass time. I actually prefer drinking alone. Or with one or two close friends and we can have a meaningful conversation. Happy drinking for me are for celebrations. Enjoying a drink is best done alone or with small company.

    interesting light!
    and... cheers!


    ★ineedathis added this photo to his favorites.
    Sounds good to me although I am not much of a drinker:-)
    I love this beautiful artwork on the wall the mood is perfect for this beautiful shot!
    Have a great week my friend!

    ★ΞSSΞ®®Ξ added this photo to his favorites.
    great find great shot

    الله أكبر * " ALLAH HU AKBAR! "

  2. Phantom faces at the window
    Phantom shadows on the floor
    Empty chairs at empty tables
    Where my friends will meet once more


  3. ★The Visual Poet added this photo to her favorites.
    So creative, great photography too!

    Very well done my friend.
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    ★october blue added this photo to their favorites.
    Fine light , composition and detail ...and I agree with your philosophy on drinking . Have a great week :-)

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    Wow ... how amazing ... I love this totem ... it is like a cultural .
    Have A Good Week ... My friend !! (^-^a)

    ★daisyglade added this photo to her favorites.

    great thoughts on imbibing.
    the buzz can be a powerful force; maybe stronger for some...
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    henrhyde (gill)
    Love the image.
    Grand words --so true.

    Can't agree that 'loneliness' is or can be a pleasant companion for drinking alcohol. Those ghosts have a habit of taking control & demanding consumption of more than was intended when you first sat down believing they were friendly ghosts with your best interests at heart. Solitude, as an amiable drinking buddy, conjures up a different scenario however ...a comfortable lone state with wisdom at its heart ... that can offer internal stillness & access to creative impulses ...rather than compulsive excesses aimed at obliterating said "loneliness'. But then again.... having abstained for close to 2 decades it would not serve me well to believe otherwise *~* To each their own, thou *~*

    ★ana_lee_smith and i_still_believe_in_u added this photo to their favorites.

    A 1000 Reasons
    Thanks Ana, what do you know? I woke up this morning before I read this and thought that using the word 'loneliness' may convey the wrong impression so I was thinking of changing it to the very word you suggested. But now that you mentioned it, I will leave loneliness as it is to let others feel the difference. Thanks!

    Fantastic image and interesting thoughts.

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    Steve Taylor (Photography)
    A great image and a wonderful poem friend

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    Gloria Sanvicente
    Such a lovely image and wonderful poem!! Thanks for sharing it with us.
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    Loneliness can be embraced, and I agree with Ana, drinking alone might encourage you to drink more or to entertain maudlin thoughts.

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    Thank you for sharing!
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