Wonderful senryu! Booze and readerships like book clubs or writers' clubs often seem to have that effect before, during, or after, or even all three!
What's great about the senryu is I misread thinking it's the book club members, when it's the characters in a book or several books! :-)
That word 'driven' as either ancillary verb, perhaps, is brilliantly included!
I keep wanting to re-read the poem as it's so fantastically executed, and it's a real pleasure to do so! If I ever joined a bookclub I'd have to find a way of reading your poem out, and enjoy the blank faces until some pennies started dropping! :-)
the chatter of children
among hard drinkers
Publication credits: Haiku Harvest vol. 4 no. 1 (2003)
Anthology: Haiku Harvest: 2000 – 2006 (Modern English Tanka Press 2007)
Award credits: Editor’s Choice, Haiku Harvest book (and magazine)