(It's not very pleasant there
--cars are exhaling exhaust)
But yes, it's wonderful to see you
And yes, it's been a really long time
(Traffic honks derisively
as the conversation stilts and teeters)
Gosh--and well, this evening--isn't it just beautiful?
And hell--you just don't know where to go for dinner--
(All the desperate, round headlights
shrink into dismayed, modest points)
Anyway! How is this one and that and the other
one, and have you heard, and didn't we have so much fun
(Then I have one brief spotlit moment
As another car slides into the dark)
And you look at me and you look at me,
suddenly spy my hand-me-down brown skin...
And you've come to a decision
--Hon, you say
to your companion--
How about the Indian restaurant tonight?