gareth speaking... (at the next table)

and gareth speaks
and speaks
and speaks
into his pocket sized
plastic covered brain
while gareth's girlfriend
sips quietly on their
shared orange juice
biting into her
butter smothered muffin
watching the leaping women
dance across the wall
and at our table
we slurp on our drinks
creating milkshake interference
to counter his vocal interference
and i think
if gareth's girlfriend
had her own pocket sized
plastic covered brain
maybe gareth would
speak to her too

Paula Harris

Published in Takahe 37
August 1999