Tuesday, June 21, 2022

A Blind Date

The bartender says:
‟Your date is already drunk
and looks like trouble.‶

She sighs, ‟coke was great
till it tore a hole in my nose
and my life savings.‶

‟I‵d be halfway through
this twelve step program
but for backward steps.‶

Dating is my form of hell
I get burned more often than
a narcoleptic at the beach.

When she goes to the toilet
I think of escape.

A stranger asks if
I plan to see fifty if
I drink like this.

She returns with more jokes
but between whiskey shots
I notice a cute smile.

The bright red paint
she puts on her lips
should be illegal.
 
Yet I find myself
almost against my will
being drawn in.

Our conversation
all sidesteps and feints
until we make a deal.

For an extravagant dinner
she says I can take her home
and we can play games

I might win or lose
but she guarantees
I'll remember.


Rp Verlaine lives in New York City. He has an MFA in creative writing from City College. He taught in New York Public schools for many years. His first volume of poetry- Damaged by Dames & Drinking was published in 2017 and another – Femme Fatales Movie Starlets & Rockers in 2018. A set of three e-books titled Lies From The Autobiography vol 1-3 were published from 2018 to 2020. His newest book, Imagined Indecencies, was published in February of 2022.