party of one

table for?

one

seated at the edge with a book
having stomped through the middle
brushing conversation off the linen
in passing

always eats alone
some people are hermits

cigarettes used to divert
the ritual of opening, placing the filter tip
striking the match then the smells
sulphur sting, sweet tobacco
the drift of decorous smoke around the lips the nose
casual intentional design

gone.

wait for service
water
wine
bread
a solemn ritual
a religion of solitude
a masque of loneliness

order
regretting the possibilities of surprise
the menu speaks discipline

study words
menu
novel by candle light
pioneer on the prairie

listen to sounds
silverware
corks
conversation elsewhere

would an ipod fill the hollows

finally food
dessert
coffee
settling
departure

party of one
into the night

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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