Thursday, December 06, 2007

Last Chance Saloon

I've talked to so many Bobs
evaded their kiss
thrown them out at closing time
when I'm the only sober person in the bar.
Sometimes it's not fun
being sober
I tune in to the smooth whiskey
Steely Dan
from the juke box instead.
Wipe tables
try to push straggler
regulars to finish their drinks.
I just wanna go home.
They're looking for a party
don't they know they're 45 years late?
Too late/drunk/smelly to be cool
any more.
They've lost focus/
turn nasty when they realise
smoking is banned here now
cry when they realise
drunks aren't cool no more
go home
go fall in the gutter
I can't help
can't help myself


Blogger Chris Never said...

The melancholy pervades everything about the restaurant/hotel industry where drinking is involved

I have worked in the business and know the people of which you speak.

I do recall thinking to myself at the time though, I will never be like you, and that was empowering to me at the time.

There is nothing worse than being sober at a drunk party though, I know.

Of course, the patrons were not in the habit of kissing me or grabbing me, well, mostly lol.

1:23 PM  
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1:23 PM  
Blogger burning moon said...

lol. lucky you!

What I hate most is that when they're drunk they can be as nasty to you as anything and then your're supposed to forgive them and pretend nothing happened next time you see them because they were 'drunk'.

How nice to have such an easy excuse for behaving badly.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Chris Never said...

It is very common practise for drunks, they use it as an excuse for every misdeed in their miserable pathetic violent abusive lives, but its all the booze, not them


I'm with you 100 percent kid.

1:42 PM  
Blogger burning moon said...

we have one particularly annoying regular who wallows in self pity to an astonishing degree.
I reaaly find it hard to even be bothered to talk to him any more, he's abused me and kept me at work for hours, refused to get off the pokie machines so many times now.
Of course, now that I can't be bothered with him any more, it's all my fault. I'm a nasty person, can't run a bar, have issues etc etc blah blah.

sigh ... it's very tiresome and can be quite hard to maintain a healthy perspective of yourself and not buy into their bullshit sometimes.

still, I continue to look for another job. maybe I'll get lucky one day. and every job has it's annoyances. all in all I quite enjoy my job. throwing out drunks is only a small part of it and not something I have to do all the time. Just very wearing.

all that aside, do you think this stands as a poem? Or is it just a whinge?

1:55 PM  
Blogger Chris Never said...

Not a whinge at all

Yes, it stands as a poem, without a doubt, it tells the story without pulling punches, it has impact.

1:58 PM  
Blogger burning moon said...


it was a spur of the moment response to a poem I was reading last night so I wasn't sure whether it had any merit or not

2:41 PM  

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