If sugary dollops of what feels like
the rainbow hits you too hard, then
wait for the maraschino cherry bit that
will come to your rescue and settle
in your tongue; you will let it,
until the insides of the glass tumbler
begin to tremor in sync with the live
You look around the snug little
place they call the ‘The Great Unwind’
and smile to yourself about how silly
it’d have been of you to have not come
here; the warm gin will eagerly walk
you to silent comfort- like a possum’s back.
The mint sprig scent will come back
to you in a couple of tiny delicate
burps- three if you’re wild, to keep you
from hitting the floor with your head.
And if you’re still feeling oozy and like
less of a person, wait for the trusty
salted lime wedge to tend to your
adamant pout like your grandma would.
Previously published in The Brown Critiquie (Jan-Feb’17) and Mad Swirl Magazine.