Vase of Dahlias, 1883, Claude Monet






I cut dahlias to fill the vase

so that they would greet you today

when you returned from the doctor’s office –


but you didn’t notice them until now.


You said they looked sad and wilted.





First Date


The couple at the table beside us

are, no doubt, on a first date.

He’s talking about travel plans – a beach –

she’s quite casually looking at her watch.

More coffee? No, thank you. I’m good.