Another Bartender Love Affair
Maybe, it's simply because
they provide all necessities of life,
smiling and calling us "honey"—
whatever's on tap.
Mere presence is life affirming,
a semblance of social construct we all need
as we drink ourselves to death—
a look in the mirror.
Tomorrow, we re-belly up,
another round of affirmation,
a double whiskey back—
one more . . . and the check.
Eric Blanchard was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He had considered dropping out of high school but became a lawyer instead. Eric's poetry has been published in a variety of journals and reviews, both online and in hard copy. In 2013, his poem 'The Meeting Ran Long' was nominated for Sundress Publications' 'Best of the Net' anthology by Literary Orphans. After making his home in Ohio for several years, Eric has recently returned to Texas.