Chrome and black tile at breakfast again;
coffee's so strong it pulls your eyelids back
going down, and while last evening's drunks,
with five a.m. shadows, use it
to try and face the new day,
women, legs on spiked heels, lift leather skirts
to reveal specialities of the house--
initiating a physical negotiation,
trading the tangible
for currency.

In closed cuffed hand, scalene triangle
of whole wheat drips from sunny-side up.
A single waitress covers ground.
Butter, warmed by light shining through slatted glass,
slowly rolls down a stack of browned pancakes;
silverware clatters, china
against china; napkin falls;
voices chatter--while outside, in pink neon,
a sign glows: "Best Food in Town."
And it is.