Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Amita Sarjit Ahluwalia writes


‘Big ‘ Jim Dougherty and Jack Dempsey at the bar
Each one a Swell, each one a Rock Star
Each one fit to sing about in a Manhattan Streetcar

Name your Poison, Jim, said Jack, Martini on the Rocks
In a stemmed glass with an olive, and talking about stocks
When Wall Street is an easy walk down a couple blocks

Forsooth, I have a fancy today for a dry white Vermouth
Such never had a Man Jack ever sailing out of Weymouth
And ( Sigh ) I’m sober tomorrow after all it’s the Sabbath

Hey Barman Mick and Harman Rick, In charge of barrels stored
Whatsup Man, really, tell me when a gent cannot get floored
Or stoned on Highballs in a Bar  all Death warnings ignored?

This Noilly Prat will cause a spat between us Sophomores
So let’s not talk in words but in peaceable semaphores
Look at the very young! To them we both are Dumbledores

Look, Barman Mick! And Harman Dick! On the counter install
A Dry Martini for my friend for me a Scotch Highball
Then by and by Bacardi Rum, or what, we’ll see overall

Ersatz Mozarts humming at the watch’s dial quartz
Dougherty’s home, with Della, and quite happily they waltz
She too has imbibed lager dark from the good old house of Shwarz

And thus a tipsy tale today traipsingly doth conclude
And let many a liquor dram thus rollicking collude
Of sorrow Mankind temporarily to yet delude

While dark Death upon helpless humans horribly battens
Waiting and suffering in despair until at last curve flattens
Mountbatten’s nephew survived; meanwhile let some quaff Manhattans

No offence meant Ladies and Lords the rhymster turns a rhyme
You might think it’s inconsiderate you might deem it a crime
It fact it’s just the old nickelodeon trying still to chime

When absinthe speaks of absence and a century unravels
Travel within the mind as Nature halts all other travels
The strangest fancies breed as yogis contemplate their navels

Although what is presented here at one level is real
At many other levels it is meant to be surreal
And no disrespect at all intended to land of O’Neill 
Irish and American Bar, rue Royale
Irish and American Bar, rue Royale --Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec


  1. nice stuff duane,dont be a stranger

  2. The Ó Néill dynasty of Cenél nEógain were the most prominent family of the Northern Uí Néill, along with the Ó Dónaill, Ó Dochartaigh, and Ó Donnghaile families (the head of the Ó Donnghaile was the the hereditary marshal of the O'Neill forces). The Ó Néills hold that their ancestors, as descendants of the 5th-century Niall Noígíallach (Niall of the Nine Hostages), were the kings of Ailech during the early Middle Ages. Thus The "land of o"Neill" is Ireland.

    The duke of Edinburgh is prince Phillip, the husband of Ekizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The title was created in 1947 by George VI, who bestowed it on Phillip Mountbatten when he married Elizabeth; he was the only son of prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and adopted the Mountbatten surname in honor of his maternal grandfather Louis Mountbatten, who had married queen Victoria's granddaughter; Mountbatten had been prince Louis Alexander of Battenberg but abandoned his German name in 1917 during World War I.

    Noilly Pratt is a French vermouth made from white grapes from the Marseilles area of France. Joseph Noilly invented vermouth in 1813 to mimic the darker, fuller-flavored process caused by transporting wine long diostances in barrels and exposing it to the weather; his son Louis and son-in-law Claudius Prat established the company in 1855. A Manhattan is a cocktail made from eye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters, which may have been invented in the 1870s by Dr. Iaian Marshall for a banquet that Winston Churchill's American mother hosted in New York. A Schwarz (or Schwarzbier) is a dark lager beer that dates back to 1390 in Braunschwieg; its color comes from a dark malt or roast malt extract used in the brewing process. Facundo Bacardí Massó, a Spanish wine merchant, moved to Cuba in 1830 and developed "white" rum by filtering it through charcoal to remove its impurities and aging it in white oak barrels. Highballs are mixed drinks made primarily of a non-alcoholic mixer; the most common is a Scotch and soda, made from Scotch whisky and carbonated water; it may have been taken to the US in 1894 by English actor E. J. Ratcliffe.


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