One Way or Another

Lampharos on the rocks with a lime
is the number one drink of Lesser Turkmenistan,
at least according to the
“2173 Guidebook of Local Haunts”.
Although this is an antiquated drink and guidebook
in most parts of the world,
I have chosen to go about this journey
as a naïve traveler, unaware
of the recent local customs.
This method tends to treat me well,
as long as I’m minding my manners
and pretending that I may be affluent
in one way or another.

Patron

He was a motor-mechanical anti-mathematical
(some kind of patron of the arts).

Never did much
besides pass the time
with a chicken named Harvey
(a fowl alcoholic).

They’d drink and squawk
about the most mundane, asinine things
[and they loved it].