you eatin’ today?
the waitress asks
the man sitting
across from us
as she sets down
his black coffee
he gently shakes
his head and
sips his drink
the woman begins
narrating about
her time working
in a nursing home
and how there
were a lot of
peoole there
suffering from

a flamboyant man
with a stubled face
counts dollar bills
in his hand
and a crowned woman
pulls a basket of eggs
from the refrigerator
and laughs and sings
and cooks our food
so we can all keep going