American Odyssey (1) by John Anthony Fingleton

It was like so many bars that I’ve been it,
Drunks sang, then cried in their beer.
The jukebox was playing some honky tonk tune;
But nobody listened or cared.
Then a figure came on to the dance floor,
And waltzed around all alone,
Her fingers caressed that little black dress,
Every curve of her body was shown;
She came and sat down at my table,
I bought her a Bud ice chilled beer,
In a voice not more than a ‘whisper’
Asked if I was going eastwards from here?
She spoke of a life that was broken;
Of her bad times with a fella called Bill,
Then we slipped out the bar, by the backdoor,
And booked into the Lone Star Motel.
Next morning we rode out to her place,
She threw a few things in a sack.
As she climbed up behind me I turned and I said:
‘If you go now, there’s no turning back.’
She put her arms ‘round my shoulders
I felt her hot body embrace;
I hit the kick-starter – the Harley coughed fire,
And we raced like Hell from that place.
We rode on out through the badlands,
Past where the heroes of the Alamo died;
And in the ruins of a old hacienda,
Made love beneath a pure Texan sky.
She said she could stay here forever,
That she loved, but never like this.
I didn’t know as I held her close in my arms,
So much lies could be sealed… with one kiss.

John Anthony Fingleton
John Anthony Fingleton: He was born in Cork City, in the Republic of Ireland. But has spent most of his adult outside of Ireland… Lived in the UK, France, Mexico. He is at present in Paraguay. He speaks English, Gaelic, French and Spanish, as well as a splattering of African dialects, but mainly writes in English. He has been writing for as long as he can remember. Poems published in journals and anthologies in, Ireland, UK, USA, India and France as well as three plays produced. Poet of the Year (2016) Destiny Poets International Community. Poems read on Irish, American radio as well in Spanish on South American broadcasts. Also on some blog poetry websites. Contributed to four books of poetry for children. Has poems are published in numerous national and international journals, reviews, and anthologies. He uses the name Löst Viking for family historical reasons.
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