The Old Vic

     by Garry Gay and John Thompson
 

Written 4 January 1994, at the Old Vic pub in Santa Rosa, California. Return to “Rengay: Its Birth and Growth” essay.

 

 

empty glasses

low dimmed lights

swaying to the sax                                                           Garry

 

            slurred emotions—

            another round                                                      John

 

shouting over

the din of conversation—

small talk                                                                             Garry

 

girl at the bar

laughing at their jokes

and cringing too                                                                John

 

            corner booth

            lost in their own music                                       Garry

 

surly bartender

after closing time

counting his tips                                                               John