I miss drinking even while I'm drinking. It is worth almost dying to be orphaned by the scotch in its tall vessel. A bottle of scotch is so like the body— glass the fragile anatomy, liquid the unpredictable personality, the soul that burns a different brand on every tongue— one must mourn the final glass as a death. The death of a parent, even. I am my father's executioner. I have blood but no tears, a mouth but I never smile. Still, there are things that make me feel alive, like kissing a dead body on the lips.