|January 2008 / Volume Eight / Issue One|
|Former English Lit Teacher Now A Talking Bartender
Byron, Keats and
Shelly were the
he thought worth
in the general scheme
the world being what
a pragmatic place
but not without a little
or the need for it.
of their times.
What can you say about the ones today,
he wanted to know.
Faggy college boys, or ugly misfits
Byron looked like Elvis,
for Christ sake, he had charisma,
they all three did.
It was exciting to be in their
They were all cocksmen, lady
killers, society’s dissidents. The boys parents warned
their daughters about in the 1800’s.
They were dangerous
Where’s the charisma, the excitement, where is
with the modern bunch,
he wanted to know,
as he sat another bottle of beer in front of me.
I had to just smile and shrug, feeling a little uncomfortable
I’d not mentioned
I wrote poems.
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