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The Secret affair by Nick Gerrard

I like the idea of Marcella in Vienna.
The whole Bohemian fantasy of it all.
A secret to be played out.
I’d go off to a meeting.
She’d get free for a couple of days.
Some lie, some excuse.
I’d come down off my mountain,
to distractions, attractions,
take away slices
Trippy bars,
jostling Bistros,
luscious vices.
We’d meet in a writers café,
with news on sticks,
frothy coffee, cherry strudel.
Chat and laugh loudly.
Hands gently touch,
over whipped cream.
Then we’d stroll,
the banks of the Danube,
imagine it blue
An elegant eatery,
deep oak panels,
a private booth.
Steaming stews, held aloft, by
short skirted, white stockinged
servers.
Hips twirling as
they twist between
crammed talkers
Trays of carafes,
red mullet, Friars ears,
oak smoked cognac.
Then an intimate,
first Republic Gasthaus.
A rain sodden cul-de-sac.
A sparse room.
Basin on a stand,
clicking fan, nouveau lamps.
We’d lay naked in sweat.
I’d smoke with my hands behind
my head.
You’d shower,
I’d watch your outline,
while sipping a sweet wine.
We’d sleep wrapped together,
only a white sheet up to
our middle
Street café breakfast.
Chocolate croissant, cake with berries,
Café latte, strong espresso.
I’d buy small violets
off a lady with baskets,
outside a tailors.
You’d take a whiff
and smile, drop your eyes,
slightly sadly
We’d stroke each others cheeks, peck kisses, in the West Bahnhof.
I’d lean from the window.
And hope for steam,
as you waved a white hanker-chief.
And gone, you’d turn,
walk away,
throw the violets on the tracks.
And tonight,
my son’s head next to me
I’ll dream, a waltz.
But tomorrow,
I have him
to care for.

 

One time Chef, activist, union organiser, musician, punk rocker, teacher, traveller, eco-lodge owner in Malawi. Lived and drank far too much in 6 countries; travelled to loads more. Love trains, music, books, football, politics, languages, different cultures and food. Written articles on politics, music, travel, culture and food. Stories and poems published in various mags.Two books, one son, one tractor, one eco-lodge in Czech Mountains! His writing can be found at  http://www.nickgerrard.com/ .

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