soda water and Hale’s red concentrated artificial flavoured syrup

subtle reminders of a time that’s already passed
a picture memory
fraying at the edges
sugared lips and candied tongues
it still tastes the same
only this time I sit
sweating glass in hand
half full of shifting ice cubes and bright red syrupy goo – a variegated mix
and no one to share it with

-E.E.

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