The Old Vic

     by Garry Gay and John Thompson

Written 4 January 1994, at the Old Vic pub in Santa Rosa, California. Return to “Rengay: Its Birth and Growth” essay.



empty glasses

low dimmed lights

swaying to the sax                                                           Garry


            slurred emotions—

            another round                                                      John


shouting over

the din of conversation—

small talk                                                                             Garry


girl at the bar

laughing at their jokes

and cringing too                                                                John


            corner booth

            lost in their own music                                       Garry


surly bartender

after closing time

counting his tips                                                               John