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Two-Saddles Down (from Riding the Greyhound)

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jwesley
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Two-Saddles Down
(from Riding the Greyhound)

The saddle between my legs
creaked
as I shifted position
to look over  my shoulder
at the sound of the jukebox
being fed.

Another quarter, another lost love refrain
to get the beer drinkers upending their glasses,
and maybe, feet shuffling on the patch of
used to be shiny, dance floor
six square feet of bodies straining
against one another.

The bartender looked at me,
flipped his chin at the woman
two saddles down,
with both elbows on the bar,
and dropped in another quarter.

Fat chance, I mimed,
lifting my empty glass Refill, please,
Big Dog leaves in thirty-two minutes.


And just as Aretha's opening notes
caused my heart to skip-beats,
there was a tap on my shoulder
and there stood two-saddles down,
eyes closed, sway-whispering,
"Ain't no way . . ."
you're not going to dance with me.


Big Dog leaves in thirty-two minutes . . .

Yesterday, or the day before.
Maybe tomorrow too,
but not before two-saddles down
stops sway-dancing

with me.





wesley james beard, jr.
august 2014




Note: The bar, saddle-stools, jukebox and woman
all true (late 1950s) - the rest, the dreams of an old man.
© Copyright 2014 Wesley James Beard, Jr. - All Rights Reserved
Margherita
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This is so vivid and colorful, dear Jimmy. You bring back sceneries of other times and you do it with great skill. I love reading your Greyhound memories.

Dreams of an old man? Dreams keep us young, never give up on them!


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Oh man I am loving this...you brought the whole scene to life.
One of you best big dog tales..
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this is well worth a second round ...

 
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