Sunday, April 01, 2007

voyeur

he watches the couple in the next booth
conversing without rancor

and wonders how that can be

his wife of too many years
eats her salmon through pursed lips

speaking still without saying a word
angry again
angry always

affronted and ungrateful
she blankets her world with disapproval

he starts to open his mouth

thinks to force a conversation

but talk is worse
talk is misery
discontentment given flight

instead, he forces another bite of shepherds pie
and glances again at the nearby booth

where the woman in profile
smiles an impossible smile

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