The Ballad of Methuselah and Dahlia

My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Wordle #118 “July 18th, 2016”

Wordle 118

Methuselah was the barkeep

At the local bar and grill,

Who had a presentiment

For every kind of evil.

Below a wall of antlers,

He stood behind his counter,

Struggling to choose

Between life as a hunter

And as a residual booze

Serving guardian angel

To Dahlia, his plucky waitress.

She was quite the seductress,

She was Methusela’s muse,

An evasive beauty

He longed to transfuse

With love and fulfil his duty.

But the Fourth Rule won,

When the angelic host’s gun

Backfired: he is now a ghost

That haunts Dahlia,

Serving liquor still

At the local bar and grill.


© Kim M. Russell, 2016

Methuselah and Dahlia

Bartender Pouring Drink, 1910. Vintage Photo found on


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