Last night, a little group of ten or so
Local business men and guests
Came into the bar, and, one by one
Joined the group in the corner.
And celebrated, cheerily, not too loudly, happily.
No fuss, no bother.
Tonight a group of ten or so Americans
‘Invade’ the bar, and, slowly and surely
Expand the space they use,
And the noise they emit.
And soon, all you can hear
A rising clatter.
Then one man joins, a little late
‘Hi Boss’ they called
And shake hands and slap backs
And then…..two groups.
Men to the right
Women to the left
Business and babies.
Black dress and casual
Standing to the right, sitting to the left.
Bar stools and boots
Cocktails and beers
And then slowly they mingle again;
With some men not knowing
Which group to join…..
Shuffling from right to left
The group on the right
Listen intently to one man speak.
On the left, pretending not to hear
But every ear