The Crane Bar, Galway

by Larry Chamberlin   Sep 28, 2014

Old men are more interesting
with their souls painted
in streaks of wrinkled memories
and regrets
even when their faces are in repose.

Young men are too busy
trying to discover what
you want to hear;
their faces are plastic -
especially when young women
are their audience.

Give me a group of old men
and I can observe them for
long drafts, making up stories
to go with the furrows
plowed upon their years.


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  • 4 years ago

    by Maple Tree

    I truly adore and love the "older" generation. The maps of mysteries and travels upon their faces are such a blessing to read, and listen to.

    Larry has mastered the difference between Older Men and Younger Men to a tee in this powerful poem. His descriptive wording to me to visualize Older gentlemen talking in a group and I started reading their faces. The message was just.......... WONDERFUL! A delightful read by Larry this week!

  • 4 years ago

    by uttAm

    Excellent poem and the metaphors used are just astounding :)

  • 4 years ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    Judging comment:

    What an enlightening poem! The idea of "souls painted" is an intriguing and powerful thought, especially even if these faces are in rest and relaxed. It seems these stories are still in motion, alive, unashamed. The first stanza actually reminds me of how much we try to rid ourselves of regrets and certain memories, washed clean so we do not have to carry them with us. But they still are in our paths of life. The wrinkles part also makes me realize how many adults around me obsess over aging, and all they can see is what it does to your skin, not to how you learn or grow. I like how you specifically speak to this generation, commenting on the younger one and how easily they can manipulate. I do have a few suggestions: maybe add some punctuation in the last stanza? It seems to read as one big breath. Also, "To" does not have to be capitalized? I am re-reading over and "long times" seems awkward, just in my opinion, could you give a specific time or say long nights perhaps? A neat poem though, glad I came upon this. (4)

  • 4 years ago

    by sibyllene

    Had to click on this - spent several evenings attending trad nights at the Crane Bar. Younger folks playing in the middle, college kids flirting at the bar, old men in corners, quietly listening. This took me back.

  • 4 years ago

    by Baby Rainbow

    Congratulations on your win!!

    very powerful poem which is kept short, and shares a relevant and worthy message.
    I like his this poem comes from a thought, stemmed by what seems to be a simple observation whilst in a bar. the comparison and contrast of the 2 generations is cleverly written in a way that really reaches out to the reader, as they agree with your words, and view of the situation.

    it is like the younger generation have so much to learn, yet they are busy learning what they think others want them to know... and they never stay true to themselves.

    I really enjoyed this, simple and honest And a very pleasant read!