Eventide (Tanka)

Hours without forethought

Shushing ocean tempered calm

Moon licks the clouds dry

Those nights watching the stars wake

Your hand resting in my own

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Home From Home

Empty coffee mugs litter the tables, tidemarks of brown sludge marking their once fullness. Someone plays flamenco music through a poor quality speaker; it lacks the passion of a real performance. A lone girl stands behind the counter tapping her toes, her fingers out of sync on the desktop. She patiently awaits my order with a forced smile. I ask for my usual, ever the rebel. I could sit anywhere, the shop vacated, but choose my always seat. I am not here to experiment, I’m here because I’m home. The Venetian lagoon strapped to my cocoa-coloured view hints at far away places. I’m content to drink and imagine them.

The Reassurance Of Same

Atmosphere of oppressive gloom,
Lightless is the day;
Cars blink in headlight necessity,
The school children seeming lost.
Summer, departed, a confusion of season
And zodiac signs.
I watch it all from the same seat of the same coffee house,
With the same drink in the same place,
An uncaring smile upon my lips.