Drinks With Old Friends

Drinks With Old Friends

Somewhere along the way, 

the laughter changes timbre.
Judgmental highs
where the playful goads used to be --
the jabs you were all comfortable with --

and not only are they mocking you,
but you’re doing it yourself.
Living for the night as your best critic:
a bald-spot, a leather chair, and an audience.
A bar tab a mile long. 

Eight o’clock is going to feel great

Timothy Tarkelly  

Timothy Tarkelly's work has been featured by Philosophical Idiot, Back Patio Press, Cauldron Anthology, From the Depths, GNU, Sludge Lit, and others. His book, Gently in Manner, Strongly in Deed: Poems on Eisenhower was published by Spartan Press in April, 2019. When he's not writing, he teaches in Southeast Kansas. 

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