Saturday Night At The Soho, 2001

An Oz-American haiku sequence

Saturday night at
the Soho, and there was Chad —
brash Yankee sailor,

fresh off the boat for
a night of R & R up
in the Cross. And there

they were — two single
gals, kicking back for cocktail
hour. Chad, off-duty,

hip hop cool; ready
to Rock’n’Roll, if you know
what I mean
. He’s loose —

warmed up on Aussie
ale, his lines down pat — what girl
don’t love a sailor?

Well, he’s met his match —
girl two’s coquettish, shielded
by her steel faced friend.

One invites; other
repels. What’s a man to do?
Them girls look fine; he’s

sure he’ll find a bro
to tame the haughty one — they’ve
been at sea for days,

and so he’s keen. But
what? They’re getting up? The cute
one flicks her fringe back,

flashes him a smile
as they sweep out the door. “Bye
Chad,”
she says, sweet as

cherry pie, “We won’t
be seein’ you no more.”
The
boys are snickering

from the bar — they saw
it all and sized it up, while
Chad stands, jaw ajar.

“Hey bro,” one says, “There’s
plenty more.”
They’re navy boys —
fishing’s what they do.

© Zarina Dara 2019. All Rights Reserved

Dedicated to Chad, the drunk American sailor who struck out bad, one night — many years ago — at the Soho Bar; who couldn’t understand why two girls, out on a Saturday night in the Cross, could possibly prefer their own company to his.

Zarina Dara 🥀💃🏻

Written by

sneaking poetry into the corners of the day, and telling stories to myself in grasp of sanity.

American Haiku

Walking the line between tradition and breaking tradition. Exploring big ideas with small words.

Zarina Dara 🥀💃🏻

Written by

sneaking poetry into the corners of the day, and telling stories to myself in grasp of sanity.

American Haiku

Walking the line between tradition and breaking tradition. Exploring big ideas with small words.

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