- The Jacaranda is a pub in Liverpool where the Beatles first started playing
Dust settled on antique souls.
Once a breath of life for John, Paul, Stuart and George
legends born and enshrined under chandelier sheen
made eternal in karaoke machine dedications.
Joey and the Wheels ended their world tour here every Friday.
Memories of New Orleans’s steamy nights
dripped down the perspiring cellar bar ceiling
harmonic lips enticed a Black Widow Woman
pleasured her with a pounding blues chord
Lost in the acid fuelled hallucinations of the witchdoctor
spellbinding crowds with Witches’ Brew poured into a shot-glass
under roof, lives played out through a Wurlitzer crackle.
Swept up, drunk, you had said, “I love you”
Our tune echoed out of speakers
Love Will Tear Us Apart
initials scratched into wood
a permanent contract signed.
Years later, after our tune had ended
your name appeared next to hers
etched into the toilet door like a scar
By Charlotte Cummings