Author: Paul House

Poetry: Old Friends

(for Robert Hammond)

Two old friends in the Nellie Dean, 

thirty years on and too old to grin


at the Polish barmaid serving us 

a sparkling water and an orange juice.


I don’t know what it would’ve been before, 

perhaps a double whisky and a pint of beer, 


but just one round would've been strange. 

And then they say we haven’t changed.





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