sensational in the ice storm she stopped talking

at the bbq place Alice was speaking to a man who spoke to someone we didn’t see but he turned away and went to the door
like he might leave but didn’t want to and we heard him say

well, she seems harmless, i dunno.

still standing over there Alice gets the waiter with a high hand
thing and she says all confidentially to him
let’s get him something to eat and she’d pay but don’t tell

the waiter said we do that all the time, nodding, confidential, too

and all of a sudden the man turns around from the door and sees us
really sees us for the first time it seems
but i know he saw us previously or at least the invisible
companion did when she was checking things out
and now he sees Alice for this second first time
and she’s caught his eye really this time and so walking from the door a good bit away

he holds that eye long
saying as he moves into it crawling over lid and rim
looking deep

hey, you’ve been here all along

well, yes, said Alice, pretty long and kept eating her pork sandwich

i was drinking a diet coke and so said nothing but nodded a little and watched the carbonation pop

and Alice said well, won’t you have a seat? and
scoots over in the booth still eating like not much
is going on but i know though
we’ve got a dinner party now all brewed and sipping
i see
so the invisible lady thinks something about my jewelry
he checks it out to tell her

yes, he said
that suits her demeanor very well

and i’m thinking what a nice relationship

she’s keeping him posted

and i say thanks touching it in acknowledgment of her kind eye
then, i’m thinking how this clanky thing i love
does suit me clanky as i am and grateful to be quiet

then feeling all at once really cozy now with our little company i
start watching the precip while the cook is talking about the roads
and the couple across the booth says

isn’t it a fairytale of land?
he asked
and she said something notable and long

and i said still looking at the tree

touching charm

so light and settled
nodding in my mind
it suits me

and he, eating baked beans now
says yeah.

really well.

sensational in the ice storm she stopped talking

Marie Monroe

Louisville, United States

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