A night at the coffee shop (a poem)

An ekphrastic poem, written in shadorma form, inspired by Peter Juvonen’s The Jester’s Dream.

On a night
filled with dice and wine
the jester
scans the room
for friendly faces amidst
checkerboard parquet

But all eyes
look in sideways glance
where maybe
hides answers
in disguise as cabernet
and party people

In a room
of empty faces
the hand cupped
over breast
wishes for conversation
as eyes glaze over

A woman
reads a borrowed book
in her glass
The story has no ending
but what the night brings

Cats and birds
observe the action
to play nice
but when the café empties
all bets will be off

(5 October 2016)