pictures from the far east

so, I gave the barman the money and took my drink and drank it in and savoured it and looked about the bar. I downed what was left of the drink and rang him over and ordered again, and off it all went. ahh, I love the drinks, the slow and lonely drinks which part the crowd and ease me like the sound of a blackmans voice. it was winter and the time was rum rum rum. ahh, and wouldn’t it be fine, wouldn’t it, being in the money, being out of the money, having all the drinks and all the friends in asia? wouldn’t it just be the finest fucking thing of all?
I saw the change was a dollar short. I called the guy over and ordered another and downed the one I had. it didn’t take long until I ordered the next. or the next. I didn’t care to ask about the dollar.
by now it was getting sort of boring, sort of lonely. I’d been staying about the bars, lifting the drinks short and hard, for three weeks. the money was getting low and I hadn’t heard a good song for days. I was drinking in the far east bar, which was on the corner of hargreaves and bull, and was design to be inviting to the shit shit shit of the world. and amongst me, as I felt for cigarettes or any type of love in my pockets, the shit was sure about. they crowded around the bar, amongst the fake palms and hearts, noisy and divided and shit, in their denim shirts and denim jeans and denim conversations and denim dreams. I ordered a wine and a rum. I was leaning against the bar trying to light a cigarette. the drinks came and I drank them. the wine tasted terrible. outside it was winter, it was night-time.

pictures from the far east

Martin Lost

South Yarra, Australia

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