ringlets climbing out of the river
once used to secure economic barges
now rusting and returning from whence they came.
a seldom noticed reminder
of the way things were
A bar top, hands glance across a faded
'est 1984' screened on wood
and a hand wraps around a pint glass
and the mind thinks of these rungs
as hands once wrapped these rungs
while the mind wrapped itself around a pint.