Treasure Island

Hazel Durham

Bar Room Tales

Apprehension of the unknown,
In the atmosphere of bar room tension,
Men sitting on long stools, with no time for fools,
On the counter, pint glasses full and half full,
Their on the pull, for women of their dreams,
Conversations of soccer and racing results,
Jockeys slated with outrageous insults,
Clinking of glasses with the batting of long eyelashes,
Ladies looking for love, with disco music blaring above.

Small talk an art form, to win your heart,
Laughter, banter of colourful language,
In a mind-blowing canter,
Couples looking deep into each other's eyes,
Promising never to say goodbye,
Hustle, bustle of bodies pressed tightly,
Against the edge, of the bar counter top,
Men eyeing up the opposite sex,
They just might hit it off, hoping they won't get vexed!

If all else fails, the wide screen television, prevails,
Advertising the Lotto, a quick fix, in this mix,
Impossible notions of sailing on a luxury yacht,
Bobbing with the waves in motion,
Dusty cobwebs brushed from tired minds,
The lusty warm flow of the devil's potion,
Mixed deliciously with pent-up emotions,
Suited men with loosened ties,
Ladies fleeing from some creep,
That nearly makes them weep.

Desires spilling on the shiny floor,
'Pour those drinks, we have time for more! '
Nobody can find their way out,
Fantasy a haze as people mellow,
In their infused daze,
Within their maze of comradeship,
Plenty of lip, until their energy dips,
Excitement bubbles, a few start trouble,
All in a night out, with the most interesting people, all about!

Submitted: Sunday, January 13, 2013

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  • Ed Nigma (2/16/2014 5:23:00 PM)

    Ha! The titles says it all and captures the thoughts and ideas that flow through any bar but in this scene I picture an English pub. Very well done and amusing read and very enjoyable! Allan Gerard (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (1/13/2014 1:49:00 AM)

    A lively picture of a bar with diff. character, behavior & movements. As if I'm sitting in a bar. very well detailed.
    You may read my poem Carefully being held (Report) Reply

  • Mike Barrett (12/17/2013 6:30:00 PM)

    Hi Hazel, I love the scene you've captured in this poem - I felt like I was there! I've been to a few bars in my life, but that lifestyle never really attracted me.....probably because drink was one of my father's escapes and his drinking caused many abusive domestic situations. By the time I was 16 I twice was in court to testify against him. By 18 my grandmother (his mother) died and within 2 weeks after he left for another woman, leaving my mum with 8 children,6 of them under the age of 18. I don't have a problem with people drinking socially but I don't condone drinking and abusive behavior. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (10/16/2013 9:29:00 AM)

    Certainly so much to see in this Bar Room environment. great words Hazel (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (10/16/2013 9:29:00 AM)

    Certainly so much to see in this Bar Room environment. great words Hazel (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (3/22/2013 7:35:00 PM)

    This is so true, I don't really go in pubs much these days
    but this is how I remember it. A fantastic poem. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (2/2/2013 3:22:00 AM)

    Such a vivid account of pub life and the night out brought it to life. Good write BB: O) (Report) Reply

  • Owain Glyn (1/23/2013 12:17:00 PM)

    Now, where, exactly, is this pub? Mine seems full of old men in wigs, sat with old women who smell of old cigs! (Report) Reply

  • Jahan Zeb (1/19/2013 9:50:00 AM)

    ouples looking deep into each other's eyes,
    Promising never to say goodbye,

    Just like you are talking about the whole universe. Loved the company (Report) Reply

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