Império Bartender

Not the friendliest looking fella,
as I enter the café
he eyes me with suspicion
even though he knows the face,

even though he knows the order,
a cold caneca of super bock,
he pours it
and keeps his distance.

Since I’m not an old boy or Portuguese,
he treats me as if I’m a threat to his peace
or a member of Salazar’s secret police
planning to take him away.

For a young English lad in a city that’s old
who arrived for the heat to escape from the cold
to be eyed with mistrust when a beverage is sold
is only an ordinary day.

– Lennie Bezwik


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About bezwik

Lennie Bezwik is an English poet and lyricist who lives in Spain. Before getting into poetry, Bezwik was part of the London based UK Hip Hop scene, writing songs, producing tracks and performing live rap. Over the last few years, Bezwik has done a lot of travelling, drinking and writing. Nowadays, he sneaks off to dingy little Spanish bars at night and writes poems in his notebook. His biggest inspirations are homelessness, unemployment, booze, love and being dreamy.

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