The One With The Coral Curtains

The last time I went to the cafe,
The one with the wicker chairs and
Slanted roof and bright coral
Curtains, I took a long look at
The people sitting on the
Chairs next to mine, the
Girl who refused to order
Anything from the menu, the
Man who looked at her with
Guilt in his smile and ebbs of
Enthusiasm in his laugh, and
The boy who
Stared at his phone instead of
His mother’s longing eyes, and
For a minute, the world stopped
Moving in rapidity, and in high
Quality digital film, and the
Moments slowed down as I
Wondered where these people
Came from, what they were sorry
For, and why their sadness and joy
Wafted away in transient whiffs of
Hot chocolate and coffee.

Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte


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