The Writer’s Corner

I saw an advert in my local newspaper for a new wine bar that also served food. It was opening up not far from me. It was called, “The Writer’s Corner”. Since I am a writer, the name intrigued me.

The next day I visited “The Writer’s Corner”. I walked into a large room with a long bar with 20 stools along one wall. The rest of the room was filled with booths along another wall and tables and chairs in the middle. There was a luxurious red carpet throughout and the walls were wood paneled. There was low ceiling lighting. But what really struck me were all the pictures of writers lining the walls. There were at least 50 pictures, ranging from Franklin, Emerson, and Poe to Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Don DeLillo!

I sat at the bar opposite a large picture of Ben Franklin. I ordered a glass of red wine. Franklin was not only one of the Founding Fathers of America but an accomplished writer also.

The fellow next to me was heavy-set with an oval face, thin wire spectacles and long brown hair down to the top of his shoulders. He was dressed in a black suit.

“Nice place they opened up here?” I remarked.

“Yes, it is. It makes you feel like you are among the literary greats.”

“We’re sitting by Franklin’s picture, have you read any of his work?”

“Oh yes, all of it! From the “Autobiography” to “Poor Richards Almanac” through to the “13 Virtues.”

“Boy, you’re a student of Ben Franklin!”

“You could say that,” he smiled.

“I think Franklin believed in the “self-made man,” I ventured, trying to show my knowledge.

“Yes, he did. He was a self-made man. He was a man coming from humble beginnings and he achieved success through his own hard work and ingenuity. He had accomplished many achievements during his lifetime.”

I took a sip of my wine and savored it while I studied the Franklin picture. He had the look of a wise man.

“I like his proverbs in the Almanac.”

“Which ones do you like?”

“I like, “There are no gains without pains”, and “One today  is worth two tomorrows,” I said, enthusiastically.

“Yes, I like those too,” he said, smiling.

“I believe Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.”

“Yes, he not only signed them, he actually wrote parts of them. He was a true “Yankee.”

“Oh, I didn’t know that!”

I took a sip of my wine.

“He believed in the virtuous life, didn’t he?”

“Yes, that’s why he wrote the 13 Virtues for people to follow.”

My friend drank the last of his wine.

“I have to leave now. I’ve had my two glasses of wine.”

“Oh yes, one of the virtues was “Temperance.”

“That’s right, my friend, “Eat not to dullness and drink not to elevation.”

With that statement he left.

I finished my wine staring at Franklin’s picture and I thought:


9 thoughts on “The Writer’s Corner

  1. I don’t think it was Franklin, from what I’ve read about him he was quite a womanizer while in France. It might have been a Franklin wannabe, but You can never really tell can You!

  2. Dave it would be nice to go to a bar or restaurant knowing you could meet and speak with our long gone heroes. I would dearly love to be able to have a long conversation with JFK my favourite of all the presidents, other than Bill Clinton. All ‘womanisers’ but very interesting men.

  3. I also like JFK his compassion and his willingness to fight for new government programs to help the poor the elderly and the ill were most important.
    You never know who you gonna meet or speak to.
    Enjoyed reading your story.

  4. I don’t think that was Ben Franklin. I think it was a werewolf dressed to fool you. He was waiting to drink two glasses of your blood but you wouldn’t stop talking long enough for him to get started, so he just up and left. Well, you can see how my mind works. I’m must be a very sick individual.

  5. Dave Wise’s latest blog about Ben Franklin stirred my memory to a little known fact. We all know that Franklin was a great statesman and inventor.
    One early morning, outside of his home, there was an electrical storm with Franklin in the midst of it all trying to fly a kite. The weather prevented him from having much success. Suddenly, the shutter opened and his wife yelled from the opened shutter, come back inside or you will catch your death of a cold…and besides you need a little tail on that kite. Franklin answered, “Make up your mind, last night you told me to go fly a kite.”

  6. Sounds as if you were back in your beloved Chicago,Dave !
    I know little of Franklin ..apart from the electricty connection.
    Was FDR named after him ?
    { I know I could zoom off to wiki & google ..but life is too short !}

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