Friday, July 29, 2022

Puckish Life

The worst part of being a loner

is that all the stories you’d tell

to anyone in or out of the bag

who’d lend even half an ear

look like lies when you are

reviewing them in your head

to bore yourself to sleep but

luck will visit no shit and your

tales will take on a new glow

because dreams are nothing

if not barrooms where fancy

bubbles into truth and honesty

passes a jury of bobbling peers

and all bravos are on the house

and what a beautiful hangover

that launches you in the a.m.

to offer your yarns over java

of course beer and shots later

and at the closing of the say

hope that a word or phrase

sticks in ears, capped firmly

on pillows to await dream

shakes of fancy and truth

by a bartender who has

never said no or opened a

register in his puckish life

Thomas M. McDade is a 76 year old resident of Fredericksburg, VA, previously CT & RI. He is a graduate of Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT as well as twice a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving ashore at the Fleet Anti-Air Warfare Training Center, Dam Neck Virginia Beach, VA and at sea aboard the USS Mullinnix (DD-944) and USS Miller (DE / FF-1091). His poetry most recently appeared in The Chariot Press Review.