Senseless trees they cannot hear thee, Ruthless beasts they will not cheer thee: – Richard Barnefield
Later, after nausea fills the balcony, we will part ways in forced silences —of this we can be certain—as we whistle tereu, tereu to the deaf forest of pedestrians on October streets. Let them grip their umbrellas like sabers.
Let them cut us off, momentarily, from each other in their wandering. Let us walk home, saving cab fare for another day when the air is redolent with papayas and passion fruit. Tonight, we can wipe tears from our shoes and feast to preserve treaties between our miniscule kingdoms. The pantry is not yet laid bare.