misfortune (be here now)

the cafe’s name is peking chop suey (in north park),
rain from the sea blows sideways down university ave;
anna brings us the bill and two cellophane-wrapped cookies as she’s done for 25 years.
best part of the evening, we break in half for the small white strip with pale blue lettering.

yours holds only air.
again.
just like the last time.

anna clears the table, brings us our take-out as the tea pot is emptied;
you so quiet tonight, everything ok with the dinner?
outside rain from the sea blows sideways down university ave