“Cafe Scenes ix – xiv” by Will Vigar

ix.Pariscafelife

*

The private tutor

try as she might

*

cannot force

the correct

*

pronunciation

of the word “verb”

*

to issue from

her students lips.

*

*

x.

He is not as hidden

as he believes.

*

The manager

asks him to turn

*

the pornography off

and leave the premises.

*

*

xi.

*

“She always brings

extra biscuits for God

and makes sure

there is enough tea

for his cup.”

*

She acknowledges

that his cup fails

to runneth over.

It just goes cold

and is wasted.

*

*

xii.

*

They are in love

and planning

their wedding.

*

Alles klar

until the mention

of babies.

*

She blooms

and flushes

and practices

her clucking.

*

The fear he feels

Turns his eyes

dead and cold.

*

Silently he plans

his escape.

*

*

xiii

*

An old man, arthritic and feeble

pulls an aged canvas roll from his bag.

He unwraps it with a wistful smile

and immeasurable pride.

*

With elegant solemnity

he passes the delicate tools

of his delicate trade

as an heirloom

– filigreed and shining –

to his disinterested grandson

who sees nothing

but an obsolete curio.

*

His interest only piques

when he checks his smartphone

and finds that antique watchmakers tools

fetch a good price on eBay

*

*

xiv

*

She soon realises

That hot chocolate

Even with cream

And sprinkles

And a flake

Is not the portal

To happiness

She thought it might be.

*

Disappointed

She makes the call anyway

Her world changes

*

More poetry at http://www.aswiftexit.co.uk

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