Chicken broth is just liquid meat

Chicken broth is just liquid meat

Rare for us have to been outside on a sweating Wednesday

evening, parting dust-cloud insects with dam-formed hands.

The crushing sunset had us squinting

like a cartoon couple suspicious of the other

until it was just me squinting at you

because I sat in the restaurant with the sun pouring into my retinas.

I always got the unlucky seat.

Your sun-cut face must have scowled

as I ordered the only thing I’d ever eaten from that place

again.

And again the chicken ramen was noodles collapsed under broth

 

‘and isn’t chicken broth just liquefied meat?’

I started to think.

Then perhaps restaurants are just voyeuristic eateries.

Sunsets are just dying days

and going out on Wednesday

was just something to do.