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The Bar's Tool

Scorned coquette
perched so solemnly
upon your death stool,
claw deep the fresh flesh of victors
bearing armfuls of decaying flowers
stolen from your mother’s grave.

A diverse parade -
clairvoyants and gigolos
tyrants and schizophrenics
junkies and Jesus freaks;
you seem to attract
an unending assembly line
of tarnished beggars
you’ve at one time
longingly called 
“lover.” 

Tainted transients -
now live as smudged chalk marks
upon the mammoth gray blackboard -
hanging askew
upon your barren bedroom wall.

Precocious sorceress
perched atop your fragile Hepplewhite
feigning the airs of a barfly madam -
look a bit closer
at the species of insects you entrap.
You’re not a spider woman by trade –
Nor was your mother a queen bee.
Understand…
burning security blankets
during one’s wonder years
may now be considered
a latter day memorial service.

Bedouin to the barstool 
wrap once more
the quilt you crocheted,
from momma’s discarded doilies,
around your sleek white shoulders.
Remove the scratched liquor labels
that live underneath 
your pillow cases
and look.

He’s out there, precious -
somewhere
behind the mist in Glasgow
or hidden 'neath
the sands of the Gobi –
Somewhere…hiding,
lurking
ready to erase away
faded white chalk marks.

His minted breath
will burn  
your cold, gray
slate.

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  1. Date: 2/20/2011 10:07:00 PM
    I haven't really read your poetry until very recently. This is yet another of your poems that is absolutely superb~Chris

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 2:30:00 PM
    How wonderful to find several of your poems featured this week.......no one deserves it more, dear John.....your poetry is always A+....each time I read a poem of yours...(including this "The Bar's Tool" I must re-read....over again, to get the deep meanings behind each line, even then....I can only guess the heart of it when you wrote it....but that is part of the beauty of your writes. Trying to read your mind!! :) Excellent...as always! Congratulations again!! :) xoxo

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 11:30:00 AM
    Congrats on having your poem being featured this week, enjoy the honor and keep writing. Love, always Adeleke

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 5:53:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry+ being featured this week John. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 1:48:00 PM
    Congrats John on your featured poem this week on the Soup with yet another brilliant write to share with us all.. with luv..

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 6:40:00 AM
    Many congrats on another featured piece this week. Rgds Jan

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 9:02:00 AM
    Congrats John on all three entries making it to the first round of competition in the Poetry Soup contest.. way to go my friend.. good luck.. with luv from the "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 11/1/2009 7:31:00 PM
    This is so genius. You're the greatest writer on this whole soup, in my humble opionion. Just amazing work, John Heck! What can I even say? Hope my work reaches this one day. Hugs and all the best, Sara

  1. Date: 10/26/2009 3:07:00 PM
    WOW ... thanks for my bio, John ... LOL ... 30 years ago I had my own stool ... smile ... and sobriety didn't immediately end the "tainted transients", LOL ... however, age has a way of making life sweet. Thanks for great writing with goosebump imagery ... !!

  1. Date: 10/23/2009 7:39:00 AM
    Wow! Awesome writing! I can see this woman so clearly and feel the pain she endures each day sitting alone on the barstool waiting for someone who will return her love. You brought tears to my eyes with this great write, John. Definitely, one for my favorites! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 10/23/2009 4:18:00 AM
    John, it has been awhile but here you are with one of your best pieces ever. I shall set this into my favorites list.Thank you for sharing this with us. May you have a wonderful day filled with inspiration my poetry friend. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/23/2009 1:39:00 AM
    I like this very much John, very well written. I was born in glasgow, i now live up north, I love to write about funny thing's that happened in my childhood there, or about family stuff. I like your style. Kate.

  1. Date: 10/22/2009 10:04:00 PM
    Astounding piece, John! Your poems may be a long time in coming, but they are always WELL worth the wait! Your work has a quality that is refreshing in its depth and purity. Love, Donna