Le Caprice Bar, Mykonos
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
________of wild lavender
I drink the last swallow of champagne
_______compliments of a handsome waitress
__________her blue eyes glitter
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
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
My name is Helena she whispers
________Would you like to dance?
_______smooth and close
_______________feel the heat
______________________the crush of crowd
_____________________________the fast beat of music and
_____________________________rush from errant touches.
On her clothes
_______________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
The waitress sighs
_______I crave one kiss
_____________________and as I leave
_____________________she gives it.
past windmill sails
spinning in silver moonlight
_______my friend and I argue
______________I kneel in my garden
_____________________planting lavender and roses