breaking spirits

Frank Prem Poetry

it is a suburban gathering
an occasion of rituals

the food is nibbl-ies
chips and nuts
cheese dip

drink is as you brought it
beer and spirits
the potency of pre-mixed sweet syrup
eskies against the wall for self-service
next to the container for empty cans
and a bin for sundry rubbish

the host and hostess are attentive
imposing an element of compulsion
to the drinking rites

have you got a drink

how much is left in your glass

do you want a re-fill

why are you drinking so slowly

are you piking on us

an outbreak of dance has occurred on the porch
enthusiastic gyration
to the greatest hits of the sixties
the seventies
the eighties
anytime you can imagine

they are a generational mixture
those approaching and beyond
a half century of years
and a smattering of their offspring
late teens and early twenties
pride is evident in…

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