Empty Budweiser cans
and Kmart crystal
with undrank sips of wine cooler
cluttered a peopleless room of
Sears Roebuck imitation leather European style sofas.
Condensation puddles stood heavy on
glass and brass tables that were once shiny.
Red, yellow and blue cellophane frilled toothpicks from the hors d'oeuvre "Deli Party Pack Special"
were scattered on dirty glass tables and
dropped absently on yesterday's spotless carpet.
Stale smoke hovered like an unpleasant dream.
Nelda Louise put out her light.

Regina Garson

Magic Stream Journal

Copyright © 1996 Regina Garson

Published in THE GYRE, June 1994
Sigma Tau Delta Literary Magazine
Athens State College: Athens, Alabama, USA