The King & Queen Of Neon
He leans on the wall; She rests on the tacky bar— yellow lights flashing. He’s too old to haunt these clubs; She ignores her date who whines. He searches the crowd; She peers through the throbbing throng— orange lasers piercing. She catches His eyes and stares; He longs toward Her but remains. Across the alley— running with urine and beer— red-shaded bulbs light a Thai place where two couples lean back at thin, dim tables. He sits with a girl, who only keeps texting friends, whose glasses shine white. She sits across the room slouched; Her date fidgets with a watch. Another night club, this The Downtown Denizens— purple lights flashing. He and She dance, moving, smiling, lips open without speaking. She rolls with the song; He circles her and holds on— blue lasers piercing. They laugh and their feet grow tired; they tumble out together. He drinks a jack ‘n’ coke; She drinks a vodka cran. Her green dress sparkles. Hand in hand, they waltz with skill; hand in hand, they take a drink. Bio: Ethan McGuire works by day as a healthcare information technology professional and by night as a writer, whose poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Better than Starbucks, The Dark Sire, The Dispatch, Emerald Coast Review, New Verse News, The Poetry Pea, and Vita Brevis, among others. His debut poetry collection, Apocalypse Dance, releases through BSC Publishing in the Summer of 2022. Ethan McGuire, his wife, and their new daughter live in the Florida Panhandle near the Gulf of Mexico. You may connect with Ethan on Twitter @AHeavyMetalPen or at TheFlummoxed.com. 5 micro-poems by Ethan McGuire “Home” “Good Weather Bad” “The Warm Front” “Burnt World-Heart” & “Thorn & Shout” *There is a thread between the five poems published last and this poem. Those five poems were either haiku/senryu or heavily inspired by haiku. This poem is made up of seven tanka. Also, "Thorn & Shout" featured a King and a Queen too.*
I love the way this poem blended all of these word pictures together.
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Thank you! I am happy you enjoyed it! Tanka is one of my favorite forms in which to write, so doing this one poem as a series of tanka delighted me, even if they are not the strictest tanka.
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