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Le Caprice Bar, Mykonos
Laury A. Egan

Le Caprice Bar

Through the open window
Sunset's orange sparklers pale into night
_______sea splashes against the promenade
_______________the Aegean's aquamarine darkens.

Ship lights illuminate wave foam
_______free-form white adobe walls
_______________domes of Orthodox churches.

In front of me sits a shallow glass vase
with tea candles floating
________amidst sprays
________of wild lavender
_______________gray-green sage
_______________________pink bougainvillea.

I drink the last swallow of champagne
_______compliments of a handsome waitress
__________her blue eyes glitter
_________________she smiles

Too old for her I think
yet temptation soars
_______that old familiar hope
_______bladed now with disbelief
_______________etched deep over decades.

Oh, to morph into a younger self
_______to shed all sense and rise
_______________frisky like champagne
______________________all dangers and risks
______________________be damned.

But a friend sits beside me
_______a friend who wants so much more
_______when I insist on so much less.

The waitress assesses this asymmetry
________stands by amused
_______________then hands me another glass
_______________________her fingers linger
_______________________________promising romance.

My name is Helena she whispers
________Would you like to dance?

We do
_______smooth and close
_______________feel the heat
______________________the crush of crowd
_____________________________the fast beat of music and
_____________________________rush from errant touches.

On her clothes
_______bar smoke
_______________the scent of roses.

At song's end I glance at waiting friend
________receive a jealous crimson glare
_______________I return to sit
______________________hear hot words
______________________fired by wine and frustration.

Quietly I sip my drink and don't reply
_______raise an eyebrow to Helena
_______________signaling regret
__________________revealing sadness.

The waitress sighs
_______I crave one kiss
______________she knows
_____________________and as I leave
_____________________she gives it.

Walking uphill
past windmill sails
spinning in silver moonlight
_______my friend and I argue
______________bitterness prevails.

Next spring
______________I kneel in my garden
_____________________planting lavender and roses
____________________________remembering Helena.

About the author:
Laury A. Egan's two full-length poetry collections, Snow, Shadows, a Stranger (2009) and Beneath the Lion's Paw (2011), were published by FootHills Publishing. Her work has received nominations for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web, and Best of the Net and has appeared in Atlanta Review, Welter, The Emily Dickinson Awards Anthology, The Ledge, Centrifugal Eye, Willows Wept Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Boston Literary Magazine, Lowestoft Chronicle, Best of Foliate Oak 2010, and other journals. In addition, she writes fiction and is a fine arts photographer. Web site:

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