The Napkin Trick

April 22, 2017

It’s been done before:
The need for conversation
starts and ends with a slow walk
around a familiar, short block—
the light purse or empty pocket.
(Tonight
after all
should only call for some cash.)
A set of doors is chosen
but not broached,
and reluctance comes as a reminder
of isolated drinks
where music from cars
(circling the block in search of a parking spot)
is forgotten
on the front and back
of a red paper napkin.

Ana Maria Caballero

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