he had penned a novel featuring an alcoholic
based mainly on himself.
It was turned into a film noir starring Ray Milland,
(in another life a Cardiff schoolboy).
The whisky is more alluring than any woman
allowing dreams to blossom briefly
before his soul crashes down.
The author, Charles Jackson, relapsed
just one of the lost on plastic seats,
writing had not cured his psyche
and he couldn't face sobriety anymore.
But it was alcohol which made his name,
oh, but what a terrible price for fame.