poem~Looking Alive

Looking Alive

Left alone
Bardstown Road
tucked in a
Vietnamese noodle house
slow cars and clouds
grey paintings
outside the
glass panes
Buddha watches
from the
corner coppered pennies
and stale
perch on his
fat belly
maybe the secret
to his smile
is in the bottom
of my
jasmine tea
alive existing
here waiting
winter curtains for
summer to
open steadily
from the
in the bricks.

Nikki Lockhart

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