Renewing Renewal

Ben Nardolilli

I used to get
into barroom fights
with anybody around

a desire
to be feared for a lie,
I picked at their wounds

I found one good love
among treacheries,
I turned up the music

for thirty years
I drank with Beethoven,
Mozart, Brahms

as the world
nears its end, I hear
reports of dinosaurs

time for me
to go back
to the bars