Sober Enough by Anna Knowles

Once you are sober enough, you can roller blade
and plant gardens with nice ladies in lavender.
You can laugh really hard. Learn to talk straight.

Once you are sober enough, you will wake up
in white tennis shoes around the basketball
court with your arms around strangers.

You won’t have to compare colors of piss.
You can buy a pimp TV and realize the only
other outcome would have been prison.

When you are sober enough
put your head on his shoulder
and feel it—

you’ve been here before
but you were wasted.
Remember the alone time

you had back then?
You are meeting the requirements of the law.
You do not have to do anything.

Stay. Here.


About Anna Knowles