Dead Coffee

Sleeping Bear Press (Dont wake the bear)


Drunk old men sitting at tables in this bar and grill

Listening to a middle aged cover band play Dead,

And all of them remembering the days of their youth

As they never were just like it was yesterday.


Fading as they sit, fading to gray,

Fading to gray, and then fading away,

From the bar,

From the memories of the women

They thought would remember

And finally fading from the good earth itself.


A life in ashes blows in the wind,

A faint cloud across a muddy river,

Leaving a trace smudged against the bar,

Forgotten with the morning wipe down,

Like a life that never was.


I sit, too mortal for booze,

Drinking coffee and ice water

Sharing a moment with my brother

Before he leaves for his new home

Six hundred miles away.


Making a memory he and I will share


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About anthonyuplandpoetwatkins born in Jackson, The United States August 04, 1959 gender male website genre Poetry, Historical Fiction influences James M. Lancaster, Brenda Black White, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Al Filreis member since March 2011 About this author edit data As one of the most public lives ever lived by a private citizen, there is little about me that isn't already available at Facebook or Shelfari and countless other places. Poet, writer, construction worker, salesman, truck driver, climber into the attics of total strangers, father and husband, and all around one of the luckiest men on the planet. My luck continued with a win in the June Goodreads Newsletter Contest! What an honor! http://anthonyuplandpoetwatkins.wordp... Additional Influences: Bob Dylan, William Faulkner, Barbara Kingsolver, Gloria Naylor, Eudora Welty
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