Bar Encounter

Bar Encounter by Dr Swati A Gadgil

The young lad and the bartender
engaged in a conversation,
the bartender too a kid
with first burst of moustache
clean-shaven and shy
politely tending to customers high….
It was a special day !
The young lad wanted a quiet Celebration
he had graduated…
he now will be addressed as Doctor!
Doctor of Oceans, waves and sands
ships and submarines and flooding lands,
hardwork and midnight oil
mixed with fears
and strokes of bad luck to spoil
was through now, relax my dear…
he asked for the best and oldest beauty
gracing the bartenders rack
ohh.. she was sixteen years old…
he looked at her smiling bold
“let it flow in to my glass
on the rocks” he said
to chill my gullet he further added…
parched with anxiety, stress and fear
sleepless nights and sometimes tears,
but all that was now over…
he was on cloud nine with heart full of joy
confident and poised, a proud young boy!
there suddenly appeared a hulk of a man
perched in front of the half empty glass
standing lone on the bar counter,
grey hair and lines on forehead
just enough to tell his grade,
overpowering built and intimidating look
but a gentleman Surely not a crook,
having heard this boys success
he cheered him raising a toast
striking a general conversation,
thoughts exchanged, past lives told
to the details of his girl in gold…
cards from the past, present and future
laid out bare in the open,
how they mended fortunes broken,
boy born in the east, bred in the west
the middle-aged hulk was putting to test
good wishes and love, on the house pints
a tight bear hug of determined minds…
and the boy suffocated, a little scared
in a flash his light head cleared…
numbers noted and greetings galore,
young lad realised
so much to explore !
young bartender was a mute witness
to evolving wings, I am sorry
evolving fins … boy diving deep
in the blue green pacific
and rising high …
higher than the hulk
who was drinking like a fish
and digesting slowly
his intimidating but honest wish….
© Dr Swati A Gadgil, All Rights Reserved.

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About Dr Swati A Gadgil

Anaesthesiologist , practising since last 30 yrs in Mumbai and medico legal advisor. Counsellor for Children at Puberty , Parenting , Stress Management , Motivation and Peace MBBS DA LLM Postgraduate in Human Rights Postgraduate in Hospital management Founder President of NGO, Dombivli Women's Welfare Society and it's youth wing NayaSavera Published three books of poetry Columnist and writes on various topics like Stress Management Appointed by Times of India as Consultant for their NIE Newspaper In Education Program Recognised by Medical associations and Rotary Speaker and panelists on Tele media, print media and National and International conferences Taekwondo Red Belt

4 thoughts on “Bar Encounter

  1. Amita Paul

    An intriguing narrative where the young hero seems naive and the older hulk seems menacing though the nature of the menace is unclear. The bartender recedes into the background in the second part of the poem .


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