J. Archer Avary

one could never tell if the bartender’s love

for the classic teen drama

came from a place of sincerity

or was hipster irony  – but it didn’t matter –

on Mondays when kindred spirits came together at the bar

reliving their coming of age as twenty-somethings

nostalgic for the youthful feeling

that slipped through our collective fingers

when faced with rents and relationships and responsibility 

once a time machine

the videocassettes are obsolete

by now the old regulars must have forgotten

the names of their old girlfriends and boyfriends

but will remember forever that night at the bar

when their voices united as one to chant

Donna Martin graduates

J. Archer Avary (he/him) is a former TV journalist. His writing has appeared/is forthcoming in The Daily Drunk, Rejection Letters, Burnt Breakfast Mag, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Potato Soup Journal, and elsewhere. He lives on a tiny island in the English Channel where he is currently basking in the afterglow of his first Pushcart Prize nomination. Twitter: @j_archer_avary