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Experience is Bitter

A Falstaff kind of thing

By Pamela Williams /Perthena#2476Published 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2023
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Experience is Bitter
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Dazzled by Falstaff’s debonair,

I sit at the bar, trying not to stare.

So, wait, he sits in the chair right there and tells me he’s had quite a scare.

Tells me he must have someone to talk with, being on the verge of losing his lid.

Recounting problems he’s had without money, he spits on the floor, that damn attorney.

A slew of suffering, slaughter, and fear, can I buy him a drink to promote some cheer?

Cheering him on is something to do, but I’d just lost my job; I’m broke, too.

Together we count our meager glitter and discuss Confucius—experience is bitter.

Indeed, suffering builds character, we surely agree, but a big glass of ale could make it sweet.

On the subject of character, Falstaff grins; I’ve got you beat, ole pal, my dear friend.

No, I decide; I’d rather have gin.

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Pamela Williams /Perthena#2476

"Every little thing's gonna be all right." :)

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    It sounds like quite the encounter at the bar. A bond shared over mutual hardships, stories exchanged, and philosophical discussions can certainly make for an interesting night. Cheers to finding camaraderie in unexpected places!

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  • The I'm broke too part was so relatable, lol! Your poem was so creative! Congratulations on your Top Story! I've subscribed to you!

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  • Manzoor Ahmad4 months ago

    Very good

  • Nobody4 months ago

    The poem leaves us contemplating the choices we make in difficult circumstances and the pursuit of fleeting pleasures. A delightful piece that invites reflection on life's challenges and the paths we choose to navigate them.

  • Christina M S4 months ago

    Amazing writing.

  • LB4 months ago

    This is beautiful, it made me feel guiltily comforted ❤️✨

  • Chantae Harding4 months ago

    There was something about this that was oddly familiar. It was clever and well written. Your timing felt good as well.

  • Excellent piece of work❤️😉 I subscribed and left some love ❤️ also Congratulations on your Top Story💖🎉✨

  • Dana Stewart4 months ago

    Very good and Congratulations on the Top Story 🎉

  • Babs Iverson4 months ago

    Impressive!!! Loved it!!! Congratulations on T S too!!!💖💖💕

  • Cendrine Marrouat4 months ago

    Congratulations on the Top Story! I really enjoyed reading your piece.

  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

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  • Gerald Holmes4 months ago

    Wonderfully clever. Loved the ending. Congrats on the Top Story.

  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    Oh, this was clever! Great job!

  • Harmony Kent4 months ago

    Oh, this made me smile. So well done, Pamela 💕🙂

  • Donna Fox4 months ago

    Pamela this was a nice poem, I liked that you were able to impart some wit and humour into this poem! I love that the whole time the patron was debating beer and suddenly changed his mind to gin! Funny!

  • Roy Stevens4 months ago

    Excellent Pamela, though Prince Hal wonders where your advice was at the beginning... 😉😁

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