feel better all over


I surfaced on a side street

looking for a late lunch

and I seemed the only patron

in the pub

at this hour

I read my book

and the music changed

from stomping blues

to something more



the Tindersticks.

when I finished

I paused a moment to get

another phrase or two

of the voice of Stuart Staples

before opening the door

and taking in the afternoon sun.