the watering hole

Nothing is quite as classic as a man with a gun and his hound, patiently waiting for nothing, sitting in the duff without a sound/ the occasional mud stomping, squishy tobacco spit sound, onto the forest floor, but nothing startling enough to awaken the hound as he has heard this all before/ Is the man out there hunting after a long day of work, to feed his kids back home? Or is he hiding from the nagging housewife, who can’t seem to ever leave him the hell alone?/ Jerry the hound hops into the bed of the truck as the old man takes the wheel, with no need for a word or a whistle, the loyal man’s best friend sharply knows the deal/ Chuggin’ on down the bumpy road, suspension squeaking more than a child’s schoolhouse swing set, His fellow neighbors, the same few that have never left town, wave as they holler “G’d evnin’ Chet!”/ He parks the old rig in front of the closed barbershop, proceeds to walk around to the side door of the saloon, customarily pats ‘old man Bo’ on the shoulder, who never moves told by his red nose swollen like a balloon/ a napkin falls then held down by a rocks glass containing his ‘whiskey neat’, all in habitual instinctual motion happening before he could even grab his seat/ staring at his own reflection in the mirror behind the spirits, soot inhabits the desert cracks in his forehead as he has no concern for his appearance/ Jerry makes his way to the corner where the last little ribbon of sun shines in, patiently waits for Dusty to come out from behind the bar to place a water bowl under his chin/ Chet nods at Dusty while he riffles through the old jukebox selection, not sure why because they all knew he’d play the same song track 8 without any objection/ by the time that classic solo from ‘Free Bird’ played, the whiskey started to flow from the bottle resembling the Angel Falls cascade/ the chimelike sound of car keys and clunking boots streamed through the door, Chet saw his last window of opportunity and stuck up his index finger signaling for one more/ As he stood up, knocked on the bar top and gave his tip in the jar with a flipping throw, Jerry stretched and shook off his nap, made his way through the crowd as he knew it was time to go/ all eight cylinders working double-time to make it up the sharp steep hill, Jerry lie low on the floor of the cab cautiously making sure he’d not take a spill/ at the end of the long driveway he checked the empty mailbox, then opened the inessential useless creaking gate, impatiently Jerry runs to the house, for this ritual only Chet could appreciate/ the old hound waits to enter the empty, once lively house, as the old front door swings open so darn slow, the two of them retire to their easy chair and tattered rug, by the unlit fire, until tomorrow.

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    1. yup, it changes the whole thought of him possibly being a selfish jerk and realizing he may just be a sad old man with a dog who lost his wife. Glad you liked it, and very pleased you read the whole thing. Thank you, thank you 🤗🎩

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      1. My life was going to take this road because that’s how I was for more than half of my life. I broke the cycle by going sober over a year and a half ago. Don’t know how I made it home more than half the time. Definitely an alcohol issue as I would never ever think about driving intoxicated. I know 3 deaths somewhat close to me as results from drunk driving and yet I would think I was fine when under the influence. Sorry for the rant lol

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