In the Bar with the Barrister (Five Blogs I Just Followed)

I ordered another beer, looked up, and he was gone;
He wasn’t drunk, just nostalgic, lost in memories,
Wandering in the wonder of another place and time
Or trapped in a moment of darkness pre-dawn.

We drink because we’re poets
; it’s a disease—
Drowning sonnets in sangria, swapping Riesling for rhyme.
He shutters and sputters, “I watched Norman Sterry die
In a hospital bed; I raised the shovel to bury his coffin.”

I’ve seen him like this before, a funeral mourner,
A creak in his voice and a tear in his eye.
Five minutes later the pain starts to soften,
Fifteen: it’s forgotten in this old poet’s corner.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jaybluepoems
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 17:45:14

    Thanks for linking in my poem. I like what you’ve done here. and we do drink because we’re poets. glass raised to you…


  2. Sally Lewis
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 18:05:55



  3. Eric
    Jan 10, 2014 @ 18:20:33

    That’s a clever way to promote fellow bloggers!


    • wordcoaster
      Jan 10, 2014 @ 18:35:23

      Thank you! This was quite a challenge, but one that I relished. My hope was that more people would be drawn to read a poem than a straight list and that then more people would discover these blogs 🙂


  4. missd75
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 01:26:32

    So clever! And thanks much for including wandering in this fun piece!!


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