Some remarks about some things

notes, investigations, digressions galore

Ted Burke

Ted Burke
San Diego, California,
July 15
Bookseller, writer, musician
Bookseller, musician, writer and poet living and working in San Diego, California. His writing has appeared in the San Diego Reader, Kicks, San Diego Door, Roadwork, Revolt in Style,and City Works.His poems have been included in the anthologies Small Rain: 8 poets from San Diego (1996,DG Wills Books),Ocean Hiway: eight poets in San Diego (1981,Wild Mustard Press) , and is the author of many chapbooks, including Hand Grenade, Open Every Window,No One Home and City Times,limited editions published by his own Old House Press.


APRIL 14, 2012 10:33AM

A moment and then another moment

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She crosses the street after standing at thecorner for minutes that seemed nothing less than hours. He watched ,thinking oflyrics to write. She stood at the corner, jabbing the button of the pedestriansignal box, looking across the street as if to see if perhaps a store shewanted to get to before they closed might have flipped the sign over in thedoor, from "open" to "closed". 

As if she could see throughall that traffic.
I know, he thought, a song about a guy watching awoman trying to cross the street while he tries to imagine a lyric he might ormight not write. The irony, he thought, or was it just laziness? All thesebagels are cold and hard as tile. He lights a cigarette, dumps the match in hisash tray. The woman is across the street, and vanished into a parkingstructure.
"May I have another Latte?" he asks apassing woman carrying a tray to the cafe service station.
"I don't work here" she says withoutbreaking her stride. 

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