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Juan Mobili: At the Bird's Bar

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Art by Bernice Holtzman 2022

At the Birds’ Bar

 

By Juan Mobili

 

 

It is mostly old timers in the afternoon,

no one sings, but a robin always slips a quarter

in the jukebox and plays “Summer Wind”

 

by Frank Sinatra. A hummingbird decides

he wants to buy me a drink, Bartender,

two double nectars on the rocks, please.

 

His feathers seem heavy on his tiny spine,

almost ready to retire, but unsure

when the breeze will hint that it is over,

 

unpreoccupied whether the flowers

will remember how much he cherished

them, or not.

 

 

 

Juan Pablo Mobili was born in Buenos Aires and adopted by New York. His poems appeared or will be appearing in The American Journal of PoetryHanging Loose, South Florida Poetry Journal, Impspired (UK), The Wild Word (Germany), and Otoliths (Australia), among others. His work received an Honorable Mention from the International Human Rights Art Festival, and multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net. His chapbook, Contraband, was published this year.



Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2022