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my aunt dot was an alcoholic


but what could she do in the days before lithium
before suicide was acceptable


it was the best she could do


winner of texas polka contests (my dad was her partner)


and still
on the beach in galveston
my dad
burying the pint from her purse
(bourbon for a southern lady)
swimming in her bra and panties
she was good to us kids


we loved her