Absinthe Decorum by Paul Tristram

Within the slightly elevated backroom
of the ‘Tramps & Thieves’ Tavern,
situated upon the waterfront of Cheapside.
Sits Noel ‘Know-It-All’ Knuckleblack,
in nostalgic half-drunk reverie.
Sipping a wickedly expensive green liquid
from a silver-rimmed, crystal cut, shot glass.
Eagerly awaiting his pre-ordered Covey
of ‘Great Horizontals’
now that he has sufficiently re-energized
from his delightful but messy breakfast
of a couple of ‘Three-Penny-Upright’s’
All dodgy dealings of the day concluded,
a steak, oyster, kidney & lark pudding dinner
consumed heartily and tucked nicely away.
He is now more than ready for a little warmth,
friendly company & delightful ‘Slap & Tickle’
to help drive his gentlemanly sophistication away.
An opium filled snail pillbox in waistcoat pocket,
ready for the after-play, caressing small hours.
He gently hums ‘Come Into The Garden, Maud’
Whilst, impatiently anticipating the street door
to explode in lipstick-smeared smiles,
feminine perfumes & welcoming good humour.

paul smoking - Copy
Paul Tristram is a Welsh writer who has poems, short stories, sketches and photography published in many publications around the world, he yearns to tattoo porcelain bridesmaids instead of digging empty graves for innocence at midnight; this too may pass, yet. Buy his books ‘Scribblings Of A Madman’ (Lit Fest Press) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1943170096 ‘Poetry From The Nearest Barstool’ at http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1326241036 And a split poetry book ‘The Raven And The Vagabond Heart’ with Bethany W Pope at http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1326415204 You can also read his poems and stories here! http://paultristram.blogspot.co.uk/



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