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Closing Time by Malo Basich

Posted in Malo Basich with tags on March 13, 2011 by Scot

The bartender stacks glasses,
wipes down the bar,
totals out the register,
the night’s final settling.

Waitresses shake
the smoke from their hair,
store their smiles in tip aprons
until their next shift.

The piano man loosens his tie,
slumps over a beer,
and studies the empty curves
of his hands.

A half-dozen regulars,
holdovers from the hopeful hours,
shrug into their coats, file out
beneath the chilly street lamps.

They’re asking all the usual
questions:  “What now?”
“Same time tomorrow?” and
“Where did all the time go?”