Sitting in the courtyard outside a Starbucks

watching two young Christian’s break up

while Sammy Davis Jr. sings

“That’s Life” over the loud speaker,

is awkward and magical.


He pulls the bible out for support.

Oh, she’s breaking up with him.

He thumbs through it and reads a passage.

She nods and sheds more tears,

keeps her arms folded for security

and the world keeps spinning around.


They speak for a while longer

he’s upset and stoic.

They walk to the parking lot side by side,

not holding hands, then hug and separate.


I watch her get into a red Volkswagen

It slowly creeps to the exit.

Her sullen face checks the race

for anything oncoming.

Then enters the traffic and drives away.


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