Monday, December 31, 2012


              WHISKEY and CIGARETTES
somewhere at a rusty table
a poet sits,
shaking her hands at what she sees.
a bottle of cheap whisky is open,
with ashes on her lap
listening to gypsy jazz.
it has got cold inside
so she lights up another.
a turtle moves slowly
towards the heat.  Tomorrow
she will write all day, and then
go dancing, but tonite
she translates bad poetry
and it  makes her cry.
the ashes notice and smoulder.
the turtle doesn't care.
she pours herself more whiskey
and thinks of the mountains
where coyotes come down at night
to gobble the turtles.
she doesn't hear sounds of help
so ignores them.  she flings
the bottle at the floor,
turns  the jukebox up, closes
her eyes and lights up another.


hyperCRYPTICal said...

Lovely write - I guess we have all had our 'whiskey and cigarette' times...

Have a wonderful New Year Wayne.

Anna :o]

Dave King said...

This is redolent with all the right sensations. A powerful piece.

Yvonne Osborne said...

I agree with the above two commenters. This moves me in mysterious way. Like the connection between the coyotes and the turtles and the whiskey and the ash. What a pleasure. So glad to have discovered your poetry.

Tigerbrite said...

Strong stuff, well done:)

Helen said...

I was mesmerized, under your spell! Great write ...

Happy New Year

Theresa Milstein said...

This poor translator is a mess. I think adding the whiskey added a nice touch. You told us a lot with few words. Well done!

Lyn said...

So a little movie..I enjoyed this so much!

moe lauher said...

makes me want to see the movie

Tumblewords: said...

So perfect!

Lady In Read said...

like moe said, want to see this movie.

Other Mary said...

All the details add up to more than the sum of the parts. Your words paint a picture I can feel. Kudos.

Kutamun said...

Beforre she knew is she was swimming with Nemo, i dug this, Wayne

Tess Kincaid said...

Dark and evocative...I like that the ashes notice...

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I haven't visited in awhile! I should have! You are good inspiriation.
Cheers from Cottage Country!

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