Hometown

      by Stephen Toft and Michael Dylan Welch

First published in Wales Haiku Journal, March 2020. Originally written in January 2020.

dark afternoon
a waitress
folds napkins                                                                     Stephen

        soup spoons
        clinking in the sink                                                   Michael

the busboy
flicks his cigarette
towards the stars                                                             Stephen

no tip
from the fat cat
in the Cadillac                                                                   Michael

        a vagrant stops
        to smell the coffee                                                  Stephen

silent snowfall—
the OPEN neon
blinks off                                                                            Michael