Dilantha Gunawardana


Chronicles From The Pub (1)


Packed a punch towards my portal socket
As the fist crashed against an overt pocket
Blood dripped like a waterfall in vermillion
Embellished with morsels of flesh from my humble pavilion
It was a fight that broke at an English pub
A meeting place for the merrymakers, a convivial club
As tubby-tummies engorged like beer-filled balloons
As clownish acts prospered in a circus of loons
As anthems of buffoonery chimed in the dark
Beverages were churning in the stomach’s arc
As Sweet Caroline invaded the roar of the maddening army
Good times were rolling in an air cacophonous and barmy
Yet as festivities were smacking against the gluttonous folk
A brawl erupted from a clumsy wayward joke
As fists went flying like heavyweight boxers in the house
As silent giants were woken by a gentle arouse
Then there was I, skillfully sipping in the middle of the scene
Minding my business with a cup of caffeine
As the fist came crashing on to my bespectacled portals
I froze like an icicle amidst the brawling mortals
That was the day I succumbed to my first black eye
As pride gripped a soul tranquil and shy
In the aftermath of the brawl, I was a mere showoff in action
As underneath the glasses was a sable attraction
As from the backdrop of a black eye rose the fable of a hero
Royalty of a battle, yet in truth, a spineless Nero

Submitted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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