Callahan’s Bar

I have to go
back there
one of these days.

When I went in
a woman
with bare breasts

was shooting pool
and giving hard
loud laughs.

Some guy at the bar
said to me: “D’you
see the pool player?”

and I said “Yes.”
Each time she bent
over to shoot

a nipple brushed
the table and
made her move

a shoulder up
and throw one of those
hard laughs at the ball.

One of the men
said: “Oh my God!”
and someone else
said: “What if the morals
squad comes in?” But
the woman

went on shooting and
moving her shoulder up
and laughing while we
all looked on.

(Originally published in McLean County Poetry Review (Illinois), 1976.)

About gwpj

Originally from Seattle, I now live in Sapporo, Japan, where I write, explore this city, read widely, and ask questions about things that i see as important. I'm also an author, with three novels published ("The Old Man and The Monkey", "Grandfather and The Raven", and "Bear: a story about a boy and his unusual dog"). For more information about my writing, drop by my website, at
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