Empty Budweiser cans
and Kmart crystal
sips of wine cooler
cluttered a peopleless room of
Roebuck imitation leather European style sofas.
puddles stood heavy on
glass and brass tables that were
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.
Copyright © 1996 Regina Garson
Published in THE GYRE, June 1994
Sigma Tau Delta Literary Magazine
Athens State College: Athens, Alabama, USA