Breakfast and some news at the ‘Twin Kiss’ Diner

 

The booth was claustrophobic.

The sports section I held between us

was like a volleyball net,

your stares lofting over

like shots of fresh egg

I couldn’t spike.

When Alice came to take your order

and you looked at each other

for the first time, the silence

was as thick as the coffee.

 

Twins – identical,

if her hair had been curled

and she’d had some cleavage.

I can’t remember who

was first to speak, probably me,

but then you ordered.

One egg, one sausage –

one carb.

I felt I had to order two of something

just on principle.

 

You ripped my ‘Post’ to shreds

and smashed my reading glasses

before you stormed out of the diner.

I wasn’t sure if it was the five sugars

I snuck in your coffee

or my comment about

your hang-ups being cultural,

most likely it was my suggestion

we get together with the waitress

when she was done her shift.

 

I stood four-eyed in front

of the cash register

as Alice gave me six quarters

change for a dollar

for a USA Today,

winked, cracked her gum,

lightly dragged her forefinger

across her lower lip,

stuck out her studded tongue

and walked back into the kitchen.

 

3 comments

  1. Hi Craig,

    Wow! That is quite a dinner, one with tension, character and some sharp wit. I really like the way you use language in this piece, the imagery is riveting and one can really feel the build-up of intensity and action. This keeps the reader engaged from start to finish. Thanks for sharing this, I certainly enjoyed reading it!

    My best,
    Wendy

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  2. It sounds like the narrator ruined one relationship – or at least should have – and got mixed signals from Alice.

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  3. Craig,

    You have fun with the written word!
    My mind is not as quick or as agile as yours,
    but you always mix the physical and the
    philosophical into a mastery of your craft.

    Five sugars? My goodness … that is way sweet.

    Sarah

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