<> Greacen018 Unpublished Poems Greacen Estate 19 Jan Linen Hall Library Wednesday, March 16, 2016 TIFF Greacen018 Manuscript The upstairs room English https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/content/greacen018 Linen Hall Library Linen Hall Library Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA https://www.niliteraryarchive.com/sites/default/files/Greacen018_0.jpg LHL Archive The Updstairs Room (For Roy McFadden) Two poets sit together in a club (An upstairs room mid-century style) One drinking whisky, the other beer. Former images pass in file. Do you remember? could it have been? It was indeed. The smiling liquid seems to wink. Each poet sips another golden tear, Knowing it's later than he used to think. Were those the days? Well, yes and no, For days of youth though timesless days Are days time-bound by heart’s unease And recklessness. And yet the poets praise And lift the glass to certain yesterdays, Those sunset evenings spent together In hope and argument and chaff That could defy their elders' chilly weather. Two poets sit together in a club ... You ask what point or moral’s in this story? Just this, my dear impatient stranger: Friendship still edges life with glory. Text