Rome: In the Café

(2004)

"Rome: In the Café" is the second song of John Musto's song cycle Viva Sweet Love, a cycle which sets the poetry of e. e. cummings and James Laughlin.

Rome: In the Café
by James Laughlin


She comes at eleven every morning
to meet a man who makes her cry


they sit at a table in the back row
talking very earnestly and soon


she begins to cry he holds her
her hand and reasons with her & she


tries to smile when he leaves
her then she cries again and


orders a brandy and gulps it
down then she makes her face


new and goes home yes I think
that she knows that I come just


to watch her and wait for the day
when he does not come at all.


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