Thursday, July 21, 2011

BarFly


Buildings stretch
upward into the night
lit windows like
unblinking eyes waiting
for a promise to be kept.

A smattering of music
pulls me to familiar haunts
and from the mouths of the
desperate spills laughter

brittle and forced
one last coupling
before their bit of
blue sky is lost.

"The gods favor drunks"
hangs above the bar
a bright talisman smudged
with the finger tips of
the superstitious.

I run my hands over
the dark wood tracing
the whittled messages
of souls slipped between

the cracks and in the
hazy glow of my first
drink I scratch out
a pledge

Tomorrow will be different

2 comments:

JL said...

It's nice to see your powerful words back on the page. This poem touched me in a way so familiar, that I got chills reading it. So many people who have experience with alcoholism will connect.

Soumyabrata_exodus_Gupta said...

You are a wonderful poet. Am a huge fan of your writing. Wow!!!! wish I could be as good as you!