Hostel Neotiations, poem by Jordan Trethewey at

Hostel Negotiations

Hostel Negotiations

written by: Jordan Trethewey



I beat a stumbling retreat—
Celtic dance beats on George Street
after kissing a wooden Puffin,

not the cod I hoped
would innumerate me
another honorary Newfoundlander.

I totter in line,
need a submarine sandwich
bun to sponge me into sobriety.

The hostel smells—
newsprint and dry rot,
not that it matters

unfurling a footlong
in front of the common room TV.
Two fellow travellers return

early as well,
without food,
yet are hungry.

Sauced, I eat
while the twosome tear
at their own wrappers,

gnaw at one another’s lips.
Unsure of my reality,
I cannot distinguish

whether I’m casually viewing,
or witnessing porn.
The actors, as usual,

pay me no mind.
I’ve seen worse
while ravenously intoxicated.

Not being one to pass up
a storyteller’s wet dream,
I consider staying put,

but choose to forego
an awkward money shot,
in favour of salty doorstep air—

the opportunity to regale
others on the way in
with my revisions.

Jordan Trethewey

Jordan Trethewey

Jordan Trethewey is a writer and editor living in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He is also a husband, father (to two kids, a black cat, and a Sheltie) and beer-league softball player. Some of his poetry, fiction and non-fiction inhabits publications such as Visual Verse, Fishbowl Press, Red Fez, Anti-Heroin Chic, Sheila-Na-Gig Editions, Terror House Magazine, Califragile, Jerry Jazz Musician and Spillwords. Jordan is the current poet laureate for the city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He is an editor at Red Fez, and openartsforum. His latest book, Spirits for Sale, is available on Amazon. His poetry has also been translated in Vietnamese and Farsi. To see more of his work go to his WordPress site - Selected Works of Jordan Trethewey.
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