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John Tustin: The Champagne of Beers

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2022

THE CHAMPAGNE OF BEERS

 

by John Tustin

 

I was highly doubtful of this claim

As the sale was 18 12-ounce bottles for $9.99

But the liquid looked so golden at 10 AM

After 10 hours lifting and dropping

For what amounts to about 5% of my monthly rent

After the taxes and the child support.

 

I went into the supermarket hoping

That Corona would be on sale for $12.99

Which is what I typically pay for an 18 pack of Miller Lite

But tomorrow was my birthday and I was imagining

It would be okay to splurge this one day

On my third favorite beer—but it was not to be.

 

Miller High Life,

That beer of truckers and milkmen

Who lived before my parents conceived me

Was looking so pretty and golden

And, best of all, cheap.

I bought the 18 pack

And went home to drink it

As I ate and then wrote

Before Billy Collins’ and Charles Bukowski’s words

Bashing into me gladiator-style.

 

The Champagne of Beers flowed through me.

I did not care for beer #1 but beer #3 was not bad

And beer #12 went in like water down a ladder

In a mine fire.

I read and I listened to music and I wrote

And now

 

Here we are with another boring poem

About my boring life

Drinking beer and writing poems

That inhabit no one but me

And you, if you are so unlucky.

 

 

John Tustin’s poetry has appeared in many disparate literary journals since 2009. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry contains links to his published poetry online.



Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2022