Greetings and salutations Ladies and Gentlemen! Come one and come ball
Please make your way into our beautifully, overly, underlit dancehall,
I’ll begin with a long-winded speech, most of which you already know
Crystal glasses chipping together as the cigar and -ette smoke begins to billow.
Knickknacks weighing down the ladies, decorated ears, wrists, and collars
Gents sizing each other up, gold watches, beards, malarkey talk, and dollars
It’s on! To see who stands taller, more confident with chests all bumped out
with their cohorts gathering intel on the enemy, for their corner to gossip about.
Choice poison keeps the chatter going, the smiles a bit less labored and hollow
info, accustomedly exchanged, with false plans of fabulous gatherings to follow,
sensing the energy decaying, yawns more consistent, last slow song now nearing
awkwardly existing are the few stragglers, as the tables and parking lots are clearing.
A quick recap of our recollection, quizzing our opponents of how it was remembered
proofreading our unwritten novel, each chapter edited and validated before entered,
final handshakes and phony double-cheek-no-contact-kisses, “so nice to see you too”
“wishing best of luck”, “drive safe”, “see you around” until then “I bid you a fond adieu”
Our next contest will be at another milestone, a wedding, or inevitably an entombment
I will start working now to freshen up my life story so that it doesn’t start to ferment,
Now hiring! A production assistant, a drama specialist, and a writer/narrative designer
We will compare notes at our next encounter and see who’s script appears much finer.