Francis Duggan

The Usual Old Banter - Poem by Francis Duggan

She won't be going back to the Town by the mountain
She works in a suburban pub serving spirits and beer
To fellows who talk of work their families and football
And the usual banter in pubs one would expect to hear.

By day she's at Uni by night she's a Barmaid
For to better herself she is working her way
Life's not meant to be easy so George Bernard Shaw said
And many would agree with what he did say.

In her early twenties and looking quite lovely
Her shoulder length hair it is wavy and brown
A few of the young pub patrons have asked her out to tea
But she told them I've got a boyfriend back in my Hometown.

Of course she lied to them she is a nice person
Since an outright refusal would only offend
Some times one has to lie for to prevent bad feelings
As one can make an enemy out of a friend.

She won't be going back to live in the Town by the Mountain
Few jobs and no career opportunities there
Few she has gone to school with have remained in the old Town
The most of her school friends like her too have gone to live elsewhere.

By day she's at Uni by night she's a Barmaid
She is working her way to a better career
Though the bar room talk does not leave her enlightened
The usual old banter in pubs that one hear.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 7, 2008

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