Time

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Time
A Theory of the Absurd

I wonder what I’m doing here, so far from home, sitting
at the bar, with my beer before me, my face distorted
in half a dozen fairground mirrors, surrounded by
people half my age, or less, all smoking, cursing, using
foreign forms of meta-language, gestures I no longer recall:
the single finger on the nose, two fingers on the forehead,
the back of the hand rammed against the chin with a sort
of snort of disapproval. It’s way beyond my bedtime, yet
I am held here, captured, body and soul, by foreign rhythms,
unreal expectations of a daily ritual that runs on unbroken
cycles of time: morning brandy, pre-lunch wine and tapas,
home for the mid-day meal, a brief siesta, back to the café
for a post-prandial raising of spirits, more blanco, then back
to work at four and struggle on until seven or eight when
the bar routine begins again with pre-supper tapas and tinto.
Time, comprehended in this new life-cycle, lacks meaning.
Time, in a cycle I have long abandoned, is absurd as well.

6 thoughts on “Time

  1. I love this missive! I love its origin, the way it is presented, andvthe stories it tells. A great one, Roger. Chuck

    On Fri., Apr. 9, 2021, 1:58 a.m. rogermoorepoet, wrote:

    > rogermoorepoet posted: ” TimeA Theory of the Absurd I wonder what I’m > doing here, so far from home, sittingat the bar, with my beer before me, my > face distortedin half a dozen fairground mirrors, surrounded bypeople half > my age, or less, all smoking, cursing, usingforeig” >

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    • Asi es, Haydee. Soy uno de los fundadores del rugby en la provincia de Cantabria (Santander) y todo eso hace cincuenta an~os (1971). Gracias por tu mensaje! Y un abrazo fuerte, a distancia social!!!

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