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Two Poets
by D L Johnson
Monday, October 17, 2011
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I am experimenting with this format, why? I don't know, just thought it would be fun. This poem is based on a Harold Pinter play I saw last weekend. dlj

 Two poets
Based on Act 1 of the Harold Pinter Play “No Man’s Land”
Dan Johnson
© October, 2011

Two poets meet on a summer night in London
     One poet, rich, famous, lives the good life.
     The other poet, is a near do well, always a second place finisher, never a winner.

Both poets are lost in the swirling sacraments of alcohol while drinking
at Jack Straw’s Pub where they are slowly sipping their way to oblivion.

     Rich poet says, “I say, let’s take our drinking to my home where we can continue our discussion.”
     Near do well poet says, “Discuss what?” then after emptying his glass continues, “Onward then, perhaps we will see if our paths converge.”

Each poet holds secrets buried deeply from the past, secrets they are keeping from the other.

     Rich poet says, “Would you mind pouring the whiskey?”
     Poor man says, “How do you like it?”
     Rich man retorts, “As it is”
     Poor man smirks, “As it is?”
     Rich man roars, “As it is!”

Drinks are poured and poured again, and As it is is the sum total of discussion,

     Both poets sit in silence waiting for the first person to speak.
     Glasses clink while poets sink into fitful slumber.

     The play is done, the actors gone the curtain has come down…but         somehow I wonder if one of those poets lost in No Man’s Land, could be me?

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/29/2011
Thank you for sharing this encounter in a unique manner, Dan. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Andy Turner 10/22/2011
Most unusual, the combos are countless, yet, as with the two Russian greats, things can soon do a turn around, spec' in this crazy world.
Reviewed by jude forese 10/22/2011
unique ...

"there are as many great unknowns as there are those known ...

rich or poor a drunk is a drunk ...
Reviewed by D. Vegas 10/20/2011
D L, It could be anyone of us...

Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 10/20/2011
Both poets are lost in their own particular no man's lands. And that is the way with all of us, I think. Getting drunk only means you can avoid talking about it.

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 10/19/2011
Ahaaaaaaaa.... as others have said this is quite the interesting and creative work... and that last nibble does make us wonder, does it not? Which one would each of us be...and perhaps the rich poet and the poor man are much more alike that even they would believe or ever admit... great work TD.. Moi... SPP
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 10/19/2011
Interesting is a key word in response to this, Dan. A bold write and one that sets us pondering. Very Pinter-eque, actually - Like Waiting for Godot, or has the unspoken edginess to it that his The Caretaker has, perhaps?! I've often wondered myself about the unspoken cameraderie that getting mutually blasted has, bonding its somnambulants in a comatose depth that the casual observer is at a loss to understand. Thanks for this - it's different, and I like that! :)) xx
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/18/2011
A most interesting poetic story, Dan.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 10/17/2011
An interesting and original approach,
Dan, and certainly an interesting theme.

Reviewed by Christine Alwin 10/17/2011
Original work, made me think hard too!
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 10/17/2011
Interesting closing, so creative!

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