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A Dumb Waiter in a heavenly Restaurant

Lou's Cafe: Fontvielle, France

Our voices hushed, we slip into
                                   the narrow, gloomy room,
                                   a  taper on the back-wall bar
                                   the only source of light.
 
                                   Lou leads us to the wooden chairs,
                                   unvarnished, hard as bone,
                                   hands each a card in Gothic script  
                                   listing evening service.
 
                                   Heads bowed, we make our pleas,
                                   which  Lou records
                                   to send them up,
                                   creaking and groaning,
                                   up through his old dumb waiter.  
 
                                   We wait and wait, start losing faith,
                                   but then  rejoice  to hear
                                   repeated creaks and groans announcing
                                   manna from upstairs.

(1998)

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