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Agrodolce

"Bitter Coffee" - Goshka Datzov, 1914
“Bitter Coffee” – Goshka Datzov, 1914

 

girl of twenty:

on the verge

of adulthood,

standing still,

standing alone.

bitter flavour

of ashes –

dashed hopes,

sweet dreams

torched beyond

recognition;

betrayal left,

abandonment right –

short, terse,

blunt, abrupt

farewells.

walking away,

no turning back.

goodbye,

goodbye,

goodbye…

 

a woman pushing forty:

time heals all

they say.

wounds closed,

scabbed over;

scars show.

people move on.

and we who

have seen it

all

find that the

world

still has some

tricks

to play

on the

unwary.

necessity

rears up:

calls made,

promises made,

contracts signed –

and…

hello, you.

how’ve you been,

where’ve you been,

what kept you?

over coffee,

over ale –

both so bitter

but with a

sweetness

trapping the

unwary –

laughter,

words,

fondness

rekindled.

 

you’re here.

i’m here.

i’ve tasted the

bitter;

dare we taste

the sweet?

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Author:

Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended earlier this year. These days, she works for a corporate governance advocacy in Makati. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel.

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