The Shebeen

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November 19, 2014 by petrujviljoen

shebeen, from wikipedia

Flowers, not red,
sulking, all over the floor one
came to rest next to a previously peaceful stone,
having been there quite timely and, you know
what?

Excisable beers arranged on the sinking table –
the hopeful radio danced,  –
it was a shebeen
– the Irish night was late.

Heads drooping into tired cups, hands folded,
still around holding on.
How could you stare so? It’s not on.

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18 thoughts on “The Shebeen

  1. humbird says:

    Love all the images here, but never heard about the holiday…flowers, and radio, cups and heads- really come alive! Excellent! ~ thanks for visiting /commenting at my place. :)x

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  2. Myrna says:

    Sounds like a fun night. I like your description of waiting for the radio. Nice.

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  3. Gabriella says:

    Thanks to your poem, I have learned a new word and the difference between its meaning in South Africa and elsewhere. I too like the image of ‘Heads drooping into tired cups’ – so very apt!

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  4. Glenn Buttkus says:

    I had not heard of this kind of event, or if I had, while perhaps in my cups myself, I never saw it spelled out. You rocked the prompt for me, for sure; much more than I did. I, for one, felt the prompt was certainly challenging enough for a Poetics; now MTB & FFA really get into many classic ironclad parameters, stretching our knowledge but straitjacketing our expressions. Enjoyed this a lot, thanks.

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  5. claudia says:

    oy… the sinking table def. made me think of having had too many beers already… ha.. what a night…eh

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  6. Yeah! A radio can be hopeful and dance. I like the image.

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  7. The heads dropping into tired cups.. that’s an image that I really love.

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  8. MarinaSofia says:

    Ah, you too couldn’t resist the lure of using more than one pair of inanimate object/emotional adjective! I think next time I should make the prompt more difficult – clearly, many of you enjoy an extra challenge! I agree with you that flowers can sulk quite effectively – and radio is nearly always hopeful…

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    • I’ve actually switched off my radio and TV – can’t stand the terrible news and each bulletin has more of it! But sometimes the music is hopeful. Loved the challenge. Thanks for the theme. More please.

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  9. You did a great job of including several of the pairings. I liked the heads drooping into tired cups. Kind of a turn about.

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I make art, I read a lot and I'm now trying to write as well. Otherwise I belong to a cat by the name of Charlie that drives me nuts sometimes and other times makes me melt with love for her.

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