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    Old man at bar Poem?

    I wonder if anyone has a link to the poem about an old man sitting at a bar critically commenting on a couple, a beautiful young girl sitting with another old man at the bar. Eventually at the end of the poem there is a twist as the man finds he was looking in a mirror all the time. I think the poem might have been written in Asia possibly Singapore but I could be totally off with that. It was posted on one of the Thai forums way back but I can't seem to find it searching. Sure would like to read it and see it posted here again for others to enjoy. Any ideas on the poem?


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    This one?

    He must be twice her age at least
    With mottled, wrinkled skin
    His hair is dyed a bottle-black
    His face is wintry thin.
    Blue veins snake down his bone hands
    Like roots of ancient trees
    He wears a pair of checkered shorts
    Above his scrawny knees.
    The girl he's with is beautiful
    Her shoulder-length black hair
    Surrounds and frames her dark brown face
    Her shoulders soft and bare.
    He drinks his Mekhong whiskey down
    And orders yet again
    The girl he's with just sighs and sneaks
    a smile at other men.
    They sit in silence, the silly old man
    And the girl who stole his heart
    Someone should whisper in his ear
    "Too many years apart!"
    Someone should whisper in his ear
    "Your girl is bored to death!
    Your eyelids droop, your shoulders stoop
    There's whiskey on your breath!"
    Someone should whisper in his ear
    That if he didn't pay
    He might just find his lady love
    Would soon be on her way.
    He wallows in her loving gaze
    So puppy-dog serene
    Serenity for her of course
    His ATM machine.
    But he might whisper in our ears
    "Well, don't you think I know?
    I made my choice and so will you
    With fewer years to go."
    I'm not sure what to make of him
    There is no guiding rule
    I wonder if he could be both
    A wise man and a fool.
    He turns his head to pay the bill
    And suddenly I see
    It's a mirror on the wall
    The silly old man is me.



    http://www.evergreenreview.com/108/poem_barrett.html
    bibo ergo sum
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    That's it! Thanks so much, QC. Any name to it? Are there any different versions?


    He must be twice her age at least
    With mottled, wrinkled skin
    His hair is dyed a bottle-black
    His face is wintry thin.
    Blue veins snake down his bone hands
    Like roots of ancient trees
    He wears a pair of checkered shorts
    Above his scrawny knees.
    The girl he's with is beautiful
    Her shoulder-length black hair
    Surrounds and frames her dark brown face
    Her shoulders soft and bare.
    He drinks his Mekhong whiskey down
    And orders yet again
    The girl he's with just sighs and sneaks
    a smile at other men.
    They sit in silence, the silly old man
    And the girl who stole his heart
    Someone should whisper in his ear
    "Too many years apart!"
    Someone should whisper in his ear
    "Your girl is bored to death!
    Your eyelids droop, your shoulders stoop
    There's whiskey on your breath!"
    Someone should whisper in his ear
    That if he didn't pay
    He might just find his lady love
    Would soon be on her way.
    He wallows in her loving gaze
    So puppy-dog serene
    Serenity for her of course
    His ATM machine.
    But he might whisper in our ears
    "Well, don't you think I know?
    I made my choice and so will you
    With fewer years to go."
    I'm not sure what to make of him
    There is no guiding rule
    I wonder if he could be both
    A wise man and a fool.
    He turns his head to pay the bill
    And suddenly I see
    It's a mirror on the wall
    The silly old man is me.


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    Pronce. PH said so AGAIN!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hampsha
    Any name to it?
    I think it's

    The silly old man with the young thai girl in the texas lone star saloon

    from the link I posted.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hampsha
    Are there any different versions?
    I have no idea, I found it by googling "old man sees girl mirror poem". It was the first result.

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    I tried many times but it didn't come up under google. Google seems to give different results at times. Thanks again.

    Just tried you wording and it came up. Guess I was a word off.

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    never heard it before
    yes it's a nice poem
    here's the old man himself Dean Barrett reading it , or trying too ..

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