All the men at the bar bent over their phones

Ivar Kamke, “Drinking Men,” 1920

All the men at the bar bent over their phones and me among them, with Jimi Hendrix and sports recaps playing and the dull chatter that burbles and rolls like the tide spitting up their remains, making it all disappear beneath the cyclic churn of beers and commercial breaks and visits to the loo…and now the band Heart starts in, and I’m on my private thumb screen typing this here, but not here, and the neon sign outside blinks OPEN in the mirror and they just started the dishwasher and asked, do I want another beer?


Word count: 100, written on my mobile phone at the Pine Lake Ale House, Sammamish.



Categories: humour, prose

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14 replies

  1. sounds like the makings of an eagles’ song to me…

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  2. Well done, but …

    put the damn phone away!!!! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Feels like I’m right there. And you nailed the 100 word target!

    Detail: I bet the blinking sign in the mirror said “NEPO” — not OPEN. 😉

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  4. I like that you used the word “loo”. Those Brits…

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