Bar Study

Written for:  Sunday Muse #224

A thinking man in a Turkish meyhane (A traditional bar) in Istanbul by Ara Guler
Look at that 
young man 
at the bar,
thin coat
in Winter.  
Young people 
do not feel 
the cold.  Thick
head of black hair,
face smiling
in comfort.  Once,
that was me.  
Oh yes.  No one
would believe 
it now.  Here
I sit, Winter-coated,
hair thinned, face
drawn in wrinkles
of years.  I already
know what he has 
yet to learn.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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11 Responses to Bar Study

  1. Wow, Sara – talk about bringing a character to life!



  2. Susie Clevenger says:

    Oh, as I age I look at those much younger with the eyes of this one.


  3. Helen says:

    You looked at the image, really looked .. and saw that young man, with so much life to live, so much to learn. Cheers!


  4. Carrie V. H. says:

    Love the metaphor of winter in this lovely poem Sara! You walked into that bar and came back with a refreshing poem!


  5. msjadeli says:

    Sara, I really wanted to write to this image but couldn’t find the words. You did the image honor and I love how you concluded your poem. It’s easy to see when looking back isn’t it.


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