Wednesday, September 7, 2022

The Barstool is Empty

She sat on that barstool most all of her life

This honkey-tonk woman – this long ago wife

Sitting there drinking her memories away

But the barstool is empty today

 

She was brassy and bold

And not really that old

But the story was told in her eyes

Of a life that was rough

And that she’d had enough

And you knew that the eyes told no lies

 

Like the words of a song

Some man done her wrong

And drinking was her way to cope

But the booze and the beers

For a number of years

Has led her to just give up hope

 

She’d drink with who ever

And never say never

When some drunk would pull her aside

She’d go to their car

Or some other bar

And each time a part of her died

 

The years took a toll

She lost her soul

And finally gave up the fight

The end of her ills

A handful of pills

A sad and a lonely goodnight

 

She sat on that barstool most all of her life

This honkey-tonk woman – this long ago wife

Sitting there drinking her memories away

But the barstool is empty today


Mike Dailey is a fairly well known poet in southeast North Carolina.  He lives near Sunset Beach with his wife of 50 years and the occasional visits with his daughter and two grandkids. His poems have been published in several magazines and anthologies.   He has had three books of poetry collections published; one based on cancer treatments he underwent, one based on his 30 years working as a civilian analyst for the US Army, and a book of spiritual poems.  He is always putting together several collections and looking for publishers. Mike’s poetry can be serious, topical, or very moving but he is known more for his rhythm and rhyme poetry with a twist of humor.