Sunday, September 12, 2021

an oasis in a desert of ennui

pick an ace, man, pick an ace...

photo by mrganso  at pixabay

an oasis in a desert of ennui

as i am sitting in this bar waiting for the world to end
a gecko is crawling on the opposite wall
checking out the posters of happy people drinking beer.

if you are thinking of pretty girls look for another joint
there are just us, a dozen or so of ugly slobs
that people want to punch and cops like to pull in.

there's really nothing much we can do, a desert of ennui
lift some bottles, light a fag, people die in wars
and accidents and that gecko would still be on the wall.

the bar-keep stares at me, looks at my army crew cut,
goes pour himself a drink, he probably
has a parang under the counter to ward off evil.

i stub out the cigarette, drink the last of the beer,
the last bus to my camp is due soon, can't miss it,
though the bus-stop is conveniently outside

i wave a salute to the barkeep, the fucker smiles,
as i push out the old-west saloon doors,
and walk out to a loud, unforgiving night.


Pink Floyd - Have A Cigar

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2021

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Blogger Vandana Sharma said...

Wow! making beautiful poetry put of the ordinary life!

12 September, 2021 23:45  
Blogger colleen said...

You brought me right in, sat on a barstool and saw it all like a scene from a movie.

12 September, 2021 23:46  
Blogger Naledi said...

"though the bus stop is conveniently outside" I love that line. Almost a parody of itself. Sounds like a mighty fine way to go to me

12 September, 2021 23:48  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you!
Mundane can be beautiful too. :)


Thank you!
sit tight, and have a beer. i check if they have coffee too. :D


Thank you!
I am relating this through some recollections from my military days. it was crazy. :)

13 September, 2021 00:02  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

The mood of ennui is solid.
Hey in T&T Parang is a genre of Christmas music.

Good Sunday


13 September, 2021 02:46  
Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

You have the gift of imagery, my friend. That final smiles and the sentiments it brews, will stay with me.

13 September, 2021 03:25  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Beautifully created atmosphere and tone. I love the gecko on the wall.

13 September, 2021 07:13  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you!
in the Malay language, parang is a heavy-bladed knife or machete used in Malaysia/Singapore for agricultural work (or fighting).


whatever type of place, try to stay friendly. :)


Thank you!
That gecko can teach us a thing or two about survival. :)

13 September, 2021 10:35  
Blogger Graham Lester said...

This is a nice snapshot of life. We are often like the geckos -- stuck in place and unable to have real influence.

14 September, 2021 01:38  
Blogger Rommy said...

Really vivid imagery makes this place very real to me. I feel a bit like the gecko on the wall, taking it all in.

14 September, 2021 03:16  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you!
you said it, bro! we are often like the geckos. :)


Thank you!
It's enjoying the scene! :)

14 September, 2021 09:50  
Blogger indybev said...

I'm just lost in that "oasis in the desert of ennui". You describe it so well!

15 September, 2021 03:06  
Blogger indybev said...

I smiled my way through this. What a witty write!

15 September, 2021 03:13  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Beverly.
glad you enjoyed the poem. :)

15 September, 2021 10:00  
Blogger jim said...

Really enjoyed that, how the flatness has a life.

16 September, 2021 08:17  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


"the flatness have a life" : i like that! :)

16 September, 2021 16:03  
Blogger Jim said...

This is a neat write, Cheong. It kept me on age all the way through. Humorous but there are a lot of folk like the one you wrote of. Thank you for peeking in on my Ferris wheel "prose poem". My daughter's work will take her to Singapore when the Covid lifts. Mrs. Jim and I may come with here, I would like to visit Singapore.

19 September, 2021 06:13  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Jim!
I have always enjoyed reading your works, whether poetry or prose. It gives me a little more insight into your USA.

Singapore is a good place to visit, clean & safe and the public transport is great. You can practically find food from every part of the world here, but i would recommend you our local cuisine. It's awesome if you and Mrs. Jim visit, and i may even be able to show you around.

19 September, 2021 15:00  

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