I was there when you were young, and helped you make your art
I seemed much more vibrant then, but the drink took me apart
You were older but your hand gripped tight, showing me your fears
As we tried to answer questions, in front of all your peers
In older age you may fall ill, depending on your diet
Do not forget my remedy, though few still want to try it
Fair is how I judged you, and though you walked the line
You never once crossed over it, that margin very fine
Whether it is age or force that causes you to die
I will mark and remember the place in which you lie
I have been around for some time, but am I recognizable to you anymore?
The answer is found in each stanza, but not all stanzas need be solved to provide it.