Poetry:The Big Fight by Ian Copestick

I was re-reading ” Big Sur ” tonight
And I noticed that I’m the same age
As Kerouac was when he died. I’ve got to say
That it scared the shit out of me.
I’ve written a fraction of what he has
But I guess I’ve probably drank as much
Alcohol, and taken a hell of a lot more drugs.
I always seem to forget just how old I am.
I  think that I’m always 25, but I’m not
I’m nearly 47, and I can’t be doing
Particularly well. I was a heroin addict
For about 15 years, an alcoholic for
A lot longer than that.
God knows how I’m still alive, but here I am
And I don’t plan on giving up anytime soon.
I’ve always been a fighter, and this is literally
The fight of my life.
I’ll fight tooth and nail to keep on keeping on.
I’ll fight dirty; headbutt, bite, punch
Below the belt. Whatever I have to do.
I won’t go down easy.
This is the fight of my life.

Bio: Ian Lewis Copestick is a 46 year old writer from Stoke on Trent England.
Although he started writing poetry in 2001, he only started sending them out for publication 8 months ago. In this time he has had over 100 poems and 5 short stories published. He is featured in print anthologies by Alien Buddha Press and Horror Sleaze Trash.
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