March 2023

Two Poems for Now

 Kathi Wolfe

First Date


Over easy eggs are the best, you said,

when we met at that greasy spoon.

My fork had a spot on it. Your knife

was wet. The burnt toast was cold.

We didn't dare think of the mold

on the bathroom walls and sink.

The grime on the windows dimmed

the light of the moon. Even a lunar

eclipse wouldn't have brightened

this first date.


Yet, shuddering as we reach

for our grimy plates, trying not

to touch the restroom doors, we still

eat our eggs in this down-and-out

place. Knowing nothing,

not even eggs, comes over easy.


* * *




"We're so glad you're a poet!" you wrote

in last year's Christmas letter. "The red


velvet ribbon in your new book was gorgeous.

Our poodle Susie loved chewing on it!


We just skimmed it. You get no royalties.

We like '9-5', normal words. Let's be Bud-Lite


real. Who dreams of tuxedo-wearing bears

dancing on tables? Drools over sonnets?


But, who knows? We lined our oven

with your three Kings Day cake poem.


It turned out well. Maybe, when you're

gone, you'll be almost famous."


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Kathi Wolfe , writer and poet, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The New York Times, and other publications. Her most recent collection is
Love and Kumquats (BrickHouse Books).
For more of her poetry and articles in Scene4, check the Archives.

©2023 Kathi Wolfe
©2023 Publication Scene4 Magazine




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