SAN REMO COFFEE BAR, ROCHDALE
The same formica-top tables;
lines the lower half of the walls
the upper — emulsioned plaster-relief;
the ceiling is polystyrene-tiled;
in the centre a huge rotating fan;
wall-brackets at intervals
hold forty-watt bulbs that glow
through plain, frilled lampshades;
above each is a framed picture of Italy.
The young couple with four-week old Melanie
remind me of how in love we were
meeting here twenty-four years ago.
They are drinking the same
nothing here has changed.
© Gerald England
Composed: Rochdale, 13th September 1997
1998 LIMBO TIME (Hyde, New Hope International)
1998 Poetry Monthly (UK)
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