north

six men gander
across
the coffeetime
(we sell only coffee black with cigarettes
only blue)
taxidermy is more than a tradition
this far north.
the waitress is a red herring
a sex symbol and a carrier
of their liquid: still
warm. still wrapped in ceramic.
 
rid of it
your neck— still wrapped in cigarettes—
under your head. only I have                 (we sell only transitive dreams)
 
goodbye. if it was
rationally. look, this far north, he said
tradition is more than that—
there is no watching yourself, or taxidermy. or time to keep the coffee warm.
what watching, craning what
—they have they and it is
exclusive to 8mm.
and fuck, george.
 
but    the waitress is a red herring
ceramic and a coffee black. a sex symbol
only blue.