OUT OF PLACE in a bar there are dueling pianos and only one beer special that's not a special but it'll do and food is good and expensive but when the mouth is numb the tongue is primordial those piano guys are pretty good though and the women here are beautiful even the ones that aren't but my Chevy looks out of place between those two beamers through the window I take a sip and listen and scratch my neck looking around sometimes it's better to be with the dregs, there's more action if a fight broke out in here attorneys would arise and commence billing right now, I need a snarled tooth Bubba to start shit with me I need a sag-tittied mother of five to believe I'm god I need a low place, a place where the bar is sticky, where the music is Grunge, where the music is Rap bassing my balls off some things, the things you take for granted, they really get you sometimes, you know? I feel like a gorilla in here I don't look out of place though I've eaten and drank slow, been polite, my clothes are clean, but… when they go home they will fuck their beautiful women on Egyptian cotton, they will rise tomorrow morning and don their father's suits and manage their father's businesses, and tonight, I will go home, and not have any of their beautiful women and tomorrow I may rise and my life will be unset and unsettled having pain and happiness both and through any of it I'll only hope for luck for control over anything is so sparse but right now at this moment I'll sit here a while longer I'll finish my beer and maybe another I'll still look at that blonde at the corner table and in that mini-skirt I'll watch her tanned thighs slide up and down up and down against themselves and I will be happy with myself with the music with the beer special that's not a special and enjoy the night
Bio: Gabriel Thomas was born in the Midwest and currently lives in San Diego. He maintains and provides all content forwww.astheworldbolts.wordpress.com a blog of fiction and poetry. His fiction has appeared in Sisyphus Quarterly and Nugget Tales.