she didn’t remember the streets


but she remembered her old friend

who showed us around

and kept us company,

and the professor

who was very nice

she said she could hear

his voice change

as he said goodbye

after lunch

later, after dinner

the 3 of us sat in a bar

while piano music looped

endlessly in the background

(just the one song)

and the 2 girls chatted

occasionally translating for me

and i watched a mouse

traverse the pipeworks

up above the barman.