~actions speak~

~a thin man stepped into the cafe~
~neat & snappy~
~stiff of gait he stopped~
~his head hardly turned~
~as he took in his surroundings~
~marked a table & went to it~
~straightened its four chairs~
~place settings & napkins~
~took a step back & scrutinized his work~
~a waitress stood behind him~
~arms akimbo, head tilted to the side~
~he sat down in arm & leg stick units~
~set his hat table center~
~touched its brim in precise movements~
~unaffected by the impatient woman~
~when the hat was positioned to his satisfaction~
~he nodded to the waitress~
~his thin lines of lips did not move~
~she poured him a cup of coffee~
~set two bottles of Tabasco on the table~
~fixed him with a one-eyed stare~
~shook her head & walked away~
~he fiddled with the coffee cup~
~lined it up dead center~
~his side of the table~
~between the bottles of tabasco~
~he squared his shoulders~
~proceeded to get down to business~
~he drank his coffee black~
~half a bottle of fire in each cup~
~much as I wanted to watch the final act~
~the crescendo of his virtuoso performance~
~surely an introduction to a grand finale~
~I had to answer nature’s call~
~a man’s weaknesses cause him to miss the best parts~
~the thin man was gone~
~the waitress refused to say a damned thing about him~
~but I was sure~
~he was not glad in his cups~
~he was sad in his cups~

~actions speak~

~suicide is a dream~
~all beings keep~
~the weak ones name it nightmare~
~the strong ones~
~who are they~
~whose name is a whisper~
~a jane/john doe promise~
~an acclimation~
~investigators decide~
~whom peek under the pall~
~voyeurs & fools~
~which is which~

Inquiries: tracy@traceliteraryagency.com
& wordwulf@wordwulf.com
©artwork & words conceived by & property of
Tom (WordWulf) Sterner©


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