Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Background Music (Day 447)

his well-bred tenor voice 
manages to be both 
decorous and ingratiating  
just a touch too loud  
  there’s really no need for 
  the fireplace when it’s so hot 
  except for ambience  
  they probably lit it on purpose 
  to sweat people into buying 
  more drinks   
now and then her eyes dart 
around to see if anyone is 
listening  but mostly she nods 
and smiles distractedly  
  look how gaily the sun is 
  beating down on the windows
  —isn’t it amusing? 
a wistful southern gentleness 
reminding you of background 
music at an elegant lawn party

(c) 2018, by Hannah Six

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