Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ode to Harry's Bar


This, sure as Hell
is not Harry's Bar
in Puerto Vallarta
where trannies and hookers
drink for free
on ladies night

This, sure as Hell
is not Harry's Bar
in Puerto Vallarta
where I have spent
my New Year's Eve

This is not either of
Harry's Bar
In New York City –
Wall Street or Cipriani

This, ain't even
Harry's Bar in Firenze, Italy
where Hemingway hacks
would flock for a weekend

This, is Harry's Bar!
That, is my Bellini!
These, are my memories of Venice!


– Mark Butkus


(A version of Ode to Harry's Bar originally appeared in Stories Space. The author wishes to thank the Stories Space community for indulging his occasional flights of fancy.)