Saturday, March 5, 2011

March 4 - Mandate

Dining at the Patio Restaurant
staring down at the street
I note the crowd of youth -
the mandate to wear pink
canvas shoes, floral overalls,
to take photos of self
and friends while walking
Queen Street.
Skittish progress.
Laughter freed from classroom
constraints, Auckland foreign
enough despite the many
Japanese restaurants,
waiters and shopkeepers
to be unfettered.
This restaurant's outdoor
first floor eating area
trembles with each step
of those serving.
I read a book, enjoy my meal
not the only lone
middle-aged observer
of the young, obliged
to be unnoticeable.

1 comment:

  1. So you are choosing random M words from dictionary? I like this idea!