Heartbreak Café

She took a bite out

of love’s apple

teeth left chattering 

sidewalk hill

she staggers 



a round of passing trains

ghost of sister strange in the

midnite mirror 

Heartbreak Café


Homes burn as fast

as you move in my dear 


How many starts have I left


the engine’s salty

feet are wet

scars are piling up like a six car highway skid


Firelight tunnel bleak street rites 

faces distorted as a split witch shake

saw the angel weep shook me straight

Heartbreak Café


Love sweeps the floor

Pain paints with grace

soot caked from yore

night chimney clouds 

another night of rain


Devil stirs

pushover shakes

coconut woman

a loose flank 

in the fishtank

of Nexusland


solitary swag



Who do I turn to

Everyone gone

Kids, lovers, wine, song


Zipped Buddha wails, zen forest steaks

sunrise cooks me

light years away


weeping willow

bows to the passing train


The devils pitchfork

spiked angel boy’s kool



phoenix flew in tattooed

his velvet skin

caterpillars knowing grin


dancing flame

all is quiet at the

Heartbreak Café

Poem Michael D. Amitin,
Photograph Julie Peiffer