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Noel Reilly

on a slow afternoon in the Beehive
I was working behind the bar
when this red-faced woman
came storming in

“I demand to see the manager!
I live next door
and one of your customers
has just been
outrageously rude to me!”

“Of course Madam
please follow me”
so off we went to the back

I knocked on Noel’s door
“What is it?”
he called from upstairs
so I told him
of the upset neighbour

bump bump bump
he came stumping down the stairs
“I’ll not be having
my neighbours insulted”
he says
as he opens the door

she shouts
and points right at him
as Noel does a quick 180
and disappears
scuttling back upstairs


Noel Reilly
Noel Reilly
HC: 2021