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Barfly Barfly
by Nikos Laios
2022-07-29 10:08:11
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On a 
Creaking 
Stool, the 
Barfly 
Watches
The world
Whir by.

Flashes
Of blue
And red
That bleed
Into each 
Other;
Refracting 
Through 
Dregs of
Bourbon 
The swirl
In the glass.

With the
Tin cup
Outside
Tinkling
With the
Occasional
Falling dollar
Coin.

The
Aged dandy
Strolling by with
A young blonde 
Draped on his arm;
Or the mother 
With the writhing 
Children as she
Preens through 
The shopfront 
Window considering 
Which washing 
Machine to buy.

The bookie,
With the peanuts
Occasionally 
Arching through 
The air landing 
In his open mouth
Like a circus act;
The music from 
The jukebox
Mingling with 
The faint strains 
Of news of 
Another crisis.

On a 
Creaking 
Stool, the 
Barfly 
Watches
The world
Dance by.

The 
Gun-metal
Grey rusted 
City with its
Suburban city 
Streets;
Stretching,
Yawning 
Out towards
The city limits.

With its
Shoebox
Houses,
And flickering 
Televisions,
And skim
Milk poured
On morning 
Cereal.

Like a
Chicken 
Battery farm 
Couched in
The green
Embrace of
The fresh 
Bristling 
Mountain 
Trees.

The scent of
Eucalyptus 
Gently floating 
Over the canopy 
Providing the owls
And doves an
Aromatic highway;
Flying over glistening 
Carpets of red, violet 
And orange flowers;
With the bees 
Buzzing in low
Formation over
Flower-buds;
Nectar dripping 
From honeyed 
Legs.

With the 
Whales and
Dolphins clicking
And squealing in
Delight amongst 
The churning,
Spraying,
Froth-bitten 
Waves.

The 
Barfly
Considers 
All this
On his 
Creaking 
Stools he
Waits for
His pay-check
To hit his
Account;
And he
Watches
The world
Whir by.

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With a digital painting from Nikos Laios

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Don't miss Nikos Laios eBook
The Silent Symphony
A collection of poems and paintings,
you can download for FREE, HERE!

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Also check Nikos Laios' EBOOK
Ida & Her Magic Camera
is online now and you can download for FREE HERE!
 
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