The Brewery Tap

from by Robin Allender



I was working in the evening
when I went outside
in the grip of autumn
under the frosty stars.
I stood back for a moment
from the busy pub
and was joined by a regular
with synesthesia,
colourblind reader of auras,
she gave me a book poems
and went back inside,
the pub’s open arms,

I want to go outside
in the ocean light
of an autumn night,
oh God I want to be back there.

Now it’s a different pub,
they took out the old bar
and the tiled floor,
oh I want it to be back then.

The Horse and Jockey too,
it’s now a block of flats
and so I wrote a song
as if that could help bring it back,

as if you could listen closely,
closely enough
that you could order a drink,
oh I want it to be back then.


from Above the Dreamer's Head, released October 16, 2015



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