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Cafe Life Slice by Jean Atkin

In 100 Poems, poetry on February 13, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Title: Café Life Slice
Author: Jean Atkin
Number: 19/100
Allocated postcode: EH1

Café Life Slice

Under the guns the sun
on the Royal Mile.
A café, coolly pale.

I tilt my cafetiere for one, try not
to be too present to the women
whose table I have joined.

Watch instead, the couple by the window.
They are very young. How their fingers
steal across their plates to intertwine.

I see they can’t see anyone else.

They catch a smile, throw one back.
He makes her laugh, and I see
how her laugh makes him giddy.

Beside them a woman, with voluptuous arms
sits reading (and I did not make this up)
“The Sunday Philosophers Club”.

film adaptation crafted by Msc Design Digital Media students from the University of Edinburgh.

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