Wednesday, April 26, 2006

A little something from my recently finished chapbook (titled "I Am No Saint Irene")

"Good Friday at Skiles"

Friday night I brought Kathryn to the old bar
on 8th street along with a bag
of black socks, trout lures, and
St. Brigid.
The saintly cowgirl slid into the booth across from us,
put her cowshit caked boots up and ordered
a pitcher of Amber Bock.

She sized us up with her green-gold eyes, squinted,
and shook her head.
She knew-
we sure as hell were no saints.

The pitcher arrived and Brigid poured three nearly
perfect glasses, the third spilling just
barely over the brim and dripping down to the table.
“A toast!” She cried-
“To God, beer, and a barn full of cows!”

She lifted the glass to her perfect pink lips,
took a healthy gulp, and
slammed the drink down with a scowl,
announcing that she could make better beer from
bathwater.
We didn’t argue.

Three pitchers later,
the talk has skimmed the surfaces of
the best way to grow a rosary vine, where we’re going fishing
once the weather stays good, how to split wood
properly, and who’s paying the bill.
St. Brigid got up to order another pitcher as Kathryn and I
silently slide out of the booth,
and quickly through door out to the street.
The moon was full and heavy in the sky,
weighing on our consciences as we left the bill and
the saint
in the bar.

4 Comments:

Blogger ziegenhagen said...

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Skiles beer. For 4.50 a pitcher (I miss the good old days when it was just 4 dollars), if it gets me drunk, it's all right with me. Besides, you go to Skiles for the atmosphere...where else in Holland can you buy a beer from a bartnder who'd just assume slit your throat as serve you?

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Blogger megan said...

Agreed.
Three cheers for Skiles.

12:51 AM | Permalink  
Blogger megan said...

p.s.
I'm not saying there's anything wrong with Skiles beer,
actually, St. Brigid is famous for a couple of things-
1. she could successfully milk cows three times in one day.
2. she was known to make beer out of bathwater.
(and that is why she's one of my favorite saints)

1:23 PM | Permalink  
Blogger ziegenhagen said...

No, Skiles beer is definitely shit beer. But I like it anyway. And the atmosphere is pretty jenky as well, but again I like that too...although the "old" skiles was infinitely better than the way it is now...I hate the new improvements...I say bring back the big machines that shot blue sparks out of the ceiling and get rid of the partitions in between the stalls in the men's room. Now that's the skiles I knew and loved.

11:40 AM | Permalink  

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