Goldfinch60

The Old Man in the Pub.



Every evening I would walk down the road,

Walk into my local,

The Landlord would greet me.

“Evening Fred, a pint?”

Without really asking

The pint would be on the bar

By my seat,

My seat in the corner.

I sat there and watched,

As I have been for many years.

They all know me,

All greet me with a smile,

And a ‘Good evening Fred’.

Some come and chat

And pass the time of day,

Some we talk for hours,

Putting the world to right,

Many days I just sit and look,

Look at the folks in the pub.

Some playing darts,

Some playing cards,

But all with good grace,

And a smile on their face.

Many I have seen grow

From young people,

Into grown up women and men.

Each has come to know me,

The old man in the corner,

With his pint,

His wisdom,

And his wit.

But many do not know

As I finish my last pint

And walk out of the door,

I go home to my house,

The house where my lover lived,

But is there no longer.

Taken from me

So many years ago,

But every evening

That first pint in the pub,

I think of her,

And know that I will be with her,

Sooner rather than later.

Comments8

  • orchidee

    A fine write Gold. Never knew was called Fred?! You're getting around - supermarket, pub, etc...!

    • Goldfinch60

      My Grandfather was Fred, a fine upstanding gentlemen.

      • orchidee

        Ahh, nice Gold.

      • orchidee

        And - * gets out my telephone directory to sing* (arrgghh!).

      • Michael Edwards

        Great work Andy - I can just see the scene.

        • Goldfinch60

          Thank you Michael, it used to be seen in many pubs, not so much now though.

        • Unsub

          GF,

          emotional piece; well described,

          Unsub

          • Goldfinch60

            Thank you Unsub, you do not see it so often nowadays.

          • Frogspoetry

            GREAT ONE,GOLDY.I'VE NEVER BEEN TO A PUB,BUT I THINK THAT I WOULD SIT BACK AND WATCH
            THE DIFFERENT PEOPLE COME AND GO.

            • Goldfinch60

              Thank you FP, I used to see them and chat to them ‘back in the day’.

              • Frogspoetry

                IT IS ALWAYS INTERESTING TO LEARN ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE,ON MPS IS THE ONLY CONTACT I HAVE,OTHER THAN DOCTORS,WITH OTHER PEOPLE.I HAVE AGORAPHOBIA,AND SEVERE ANXIETY.BUT I DON'T FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE HERE.I THINK THAT I WOULD BE COMFORTABLE IF I WAS SITTING IN FRONT OF YOU RIGHT NOW.

              • 2 more comments

              • FineB

                A superb write.

                Thanks Goldfinch60.

                Keep writing
                FineB

                • Goldfinch60

                  Thank you FineB, most kind.

                • BRIAN & ANGELA

                  Thanks ANDY ~ and for show casing ELLA a great JAZZ SINGER ~ They broke the Mould when she was called home to Heaven ~ I guess the Angelic Choir learned a thing or two from Ella when she arrived. I'm glad Heaven is for Eternity so many great Stars to hear in the Spirit if not the Flesh ! How high the Moon ~ a great overdubbing by Les Paul & Mary Ford ~ my Dad has the Disc also Several of Ella ! Angela & I are not great frequenters of PUBS (unless it's an Elvis or Beatles night !) but I do notice "OLD MEN in CORNERS" in my local ~ part of the Furniture and always ready to reminisce (and extrapolate !) about the past ! Lovely nostalgic poem ~ but perhaps a dying breed ~ except in Country Pubs ? By the way ~ How Old is Old these days ? 75+ or younger ? Maybe when I'm that age Typical British Pubs will have been phased out ~ but don't tell JOHN BETTJEMAN ~ Thanks for your comment on Angela's POEM much appreciated by both of us ! Yours B & A

                • Kevin Michael Bloor

                  A beautiful conversational poem, with a peaceful rhythm and tone. The twist at the end adds a touch of pathos and evokes emotion and empathy . Reminds a little of of poem I penned on a pub near me: The Blazing Rag. Again, a beautiful write.



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