Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Country Bar Martini
By Don Iannone

Strange town, strange bar.
Long day, long face.
Filled room, no seats, I'm shot.
Vodka martini in hand, relief in sight.
Country music, not my style...
but this is rural Pennsylvania,
and I'm a city slicker from Cleveland.
Nasty smell, burned popcorn.
Fat man, cigar, saddle shoes.
Retake...saddle shoes, fat man?
No way...not in a country bar
out here in the sticks!
Nasty smell, not popcorn...who knows what.
Chug-a-lug, martini glass empty.
Cheeks warm, head numbs.
Even this dingy place begins to look better.
Bar maid with big teased red hair pushes
drinks across the bar to eager customers,
working on leaving reality.
The idea for this poem pops into my head.
That's it!
Time to blow this joint...
no cotillion likely here tonight.

14 comments:

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

Well, if going to a strange bar gives you ideas for a poem, well, keep going. :)

Anonymous said...

I agree with andrew here. I could almost see it all happening.

Pat Paulk said...

No black eyes, no broken noses, sounds like a tame place.

Kathleen said...

I like the saddle shoes! Great descriptions..!

hmmm... off on another of your adventures, eh Don?!

Don Iannone said...

Thanks all for your comments. This was just a fun one. Pat, no brawls...at least while I was there. Kathleen...dust off your saddle shoes. Gautami and Andrew... these bars can be inspirational for poetry.

Anonymous said...

Saddle up them shoes, pardner!

polona said...

enjoyed, don!
and i'm with andrew on this one :)

QUASAR9 said...

Hi Don,
Martini Club, just my scene
Let me here raise a glass
and a toast to you
Never to early never too late
to wish Good Health, good cheer
Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year too

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Dan, Polona, and Quasar.

There will be a saddle shoes party in Cleveland on New Year's Eve. Everyone invited to Cleveland Public Hall.

Poetry by Kai said...

i like this

Natalia L. Rudychev said...

Great Job!
The picture painted in words
comes to life.
Seasonal Greetings!

iamnasra said...

Hope you have a lovely X-mas

Anonymous said...

Not my place to hang, but I find the poem very amusing... in a light hearted way.
Have great Christmas doing whatever a city slicker from Cleveland would do :)

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Christina, Nasra, Kai, and Natalia for your comments. Glad you enjoyed this one. Amusing it was as an experience as well. Best wishes to all of you for the Holiday Season!

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