Heartbreak Café

She took a bite out

of love’s apple

teeth left chattering 

sidewalk hill

she staggers 

 

coffee 

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

again

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

aid

 

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